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GERMAN 390 A: Germanic Studies In English

Faust and the Devil in Literature, Film, and Music

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
T R 11:30am - 1:20pm
DEN 209
Jane K. Brown
Offered with COMP LIT 320

Additional Details:

This course investigates how pacts with the devil appear in our culture and the special connections of this tradition with music. We will look in detail at Marlowe's tragedy Dr. Faustus at Goethe's Faust, Parts I and II  (1808 and 1832), at some Faust operas and films of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Bulgakov's comic novel The Master and Margarita. We will explore how the legend of the pact with the devil came to represent the West's view of itself and of the dangers inherent in our advancing scientific knowledge. Several short exercises and a take-home final.


Catalog Description: 
Topics or figures of German literature or language.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 3:21pm