GERMAN 451 - Faust Uncensored
Winter 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures

Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

The stories of Faust are as old as the Bible and as new as biotech. They are about the nature of evil, and about spirituality in conflict with both materialism and orthodox religion. We focus on the great versions by Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, and Bulgakov (hilarious and profound), but we also range widely in discussing theology (esp. Luther), psychology (Freud), political and religious censorship, magic and the beginnings of modern science, politics, and lots of music (esp. Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich).

Some of the topics covered in lectures: Good and Evil — The myth of the Magus and the historical Dr. Faustus — Martin Luther and the theology of salvation — Magic and other Enchantments — The Chapbook of 1587 — Religion in 16th-century England — Christopher Marlowe and his world — Demonology — Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Faust — Freud on the interpretation of dreams — Mythology and the evolution of consciousness — Hegel’s and Goethe’s “phenomenology” — “The disenchantment of the world” — Tonality — Beethoven the revolutionary — Arnold Schoenberg, Mann, and the Nazis — “The Game of the Soviet Censor” — The Gospel of Socialist Realism — Shostakovich vs. Stalin — What is “Faustian”?

Class Format:

Taught in English.

Schedule

GERMAN 451 - Faust Uncensored
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
32800
Open
14
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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