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5ABA0013 The Faust Tradition: Dramatic Transformations

Credit value: 15 credits
Module convenor: Dr Sebastian Truskolaski
Assessment: 1 x 4,000 word essay (100%); coursework reassessment in exam period 3
Teaching pattern: One 2-hour seminar weekly
Pre-requisites: None
Reassessment: Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Module description

The module traces the fate of the story of the German magus Faust from the earliest records (the late 16th-century Faustbook), via Marlowe, Goethe, and 19th-century opera to 20th-century prose and film versions. Weekly lectures will provide the context for each work and outline the main critical traditions. Seminar discussion will focus on detailed analysis of the texts and larger comparative questions. 

No knowledge of languages other than English is required, but students with a good reading knowledge of German will have the opportunity to develop their ability to analyse German literary texts.

Primary/introductory reading

The following list is subject to change for 2019/20

  • Michael Mangan, Doctor Faustus. (Penguin Critical Studies) Harmondsworth 1996
  • Michael Beddow, Goethe, Faust, I. London 1986
  • William E. Grimm, The Faust Legend in Music and Literature. Lampeter 1980
  • E. M. Butler, The Fortunes of Faust. Cambridge 1952

This module is open to students on degree programmes other than those offered by the Department of Comparative Literature (subject to approval by the module convenor and availability of places).

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.


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