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Introduction to English 401: The Faust Theme
Faust, a figure
willing to risk damnation to gain superhuman power, has historically
intrigued artists, theologians, scholars, and lay people, and he
continues to fascinate us today. This course explores the Faust figure
in three diverse works of early-modern and modern literature. In some
ways these literary characters represent the specific times and places
of their authors, but they also display universal human qualities, such
as curiosity, ambition, pride, and fear.
|Unit 1 Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus||
Unit 1 for English 401
|Unit 2 Goethe’s Faust||
Unit 2 for English 401
|Unit 3 Ibsen’s Peer Gynt||
Unit 3 for English 401
The Faust Theme: Conclusion?
You have read three works in the Faust tradition, Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Goethe's Faust, and Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
Each character's end is unique. Following tradition, Marlowe's
With all three protagonists, we have been introduced to quests for
The challenges of the faustian legends continued to fascinate artists
Throughout the 20th century and continuing into the 21st, artists
Is the quest for self-knowledge the same at the beginning of the
twenty-first century as it was at the end of the sixteenth century? We
hope you will be spurred on by this introduction to the Faust theme to
continue searching for an answer to this essential question in more
iterations of this theme.
|A Note on Practice Exercises||
|Practice Exercise 1: Textual Analysis, Units 1 & 2||
Practice Exercise 1
|Practice Exericse 2: Article Summary, Unit 2||
Practice Exercise 2
|Practice Exercise 3: Research Paper, Units 1 - 3||
Practice Exercise 3
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