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


Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


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.


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

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for GERMAN 451.001

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for GERMAN 451 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)