Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe, John D. Jump

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Doctor Faustus es una novela del escritor alemán Thomas Mann; su redacción comenzó en 1943 y fue publicada en 1947. La novela, escrita durante el exilio estadounidense de Mann recibió aportaciones de personalidades tan importantes como Ígor Stravinski, Arnold Schönberg y sobre todo Theodor W. Adorno, todos exiliados residentes en la ciudad de Los Ángeles, como Mann. La obra relata la vida del ficticio Adrian Leverkühn, un prodigio en la música de principios del siglo XX, desde su infancia hasta su muerte. Intencionadamente hace coincidir su propia historia vital con la historia moral de Fausto, perteneciente a la mitología medieval alemana, quien se vendió a sí mismo al demonio Mefistófeles. Si la presencia del Demonio es real o no en la obra de Mann es algo que queda en el aire, pudiendo ser producto de la imaginación de A. Leverkühn, o no. En cualquier caso Leverkühn, inspirado por este Demonio real o fantástico, desarrolla su arte hasta sus últimas consecuencias, culminando en su fatídica muerte determinada de antemano; así, paralelamente la sociedad alemana se encamina, con el nazismo, hacia su fatídico y catastrófico destino.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134955251
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/08/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

Paul Menzer is Professor and Director of the Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare and Performance programme at Mary Baldwin College, USA.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) was an English playwright and poet, who through his establishment of blank verse as a medium for drama did much to free the Elizabethan theatre from the constraints of the medieval and Tudor dramatic tradition. His first play Tamburlaine the Great, was performed that same year, probably by the Admiral's Men with Edward Alleyn in the lead. With its swaggering power-hungry title character and gorgeous verse the play proved to be enormously popular; Marlowe quickly wrote a second part, which may have been produced later that year. Marlowe's most famous play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, based on the medieval German legend of the scholar who sold his soul to the devil, was probably written and produced by 1590, although it was not published until 1604. Historically the play is important for utilizing the soliloquy as an aid to character analysis and development. The Jew of Malta (c. 1590) has another unscrupulous aspiring character at its centre in the Machiavellian Barabas. Edward II (c. 1592), which may have influenced Shakespeare's Richard II, was highly innovatory in its treatment of a historical character and formed an important break with the more simplistic chronicle plays that had preceded it. Marlowe also wrote two lesser plays, Dido, Queen of Carthage (date unknown) and The Massacre at Paris (1593), based on contemporary events in France. Marlowe was killed in a London tavern in May 1593. Although Marlowe's writing career lasted for only six years, his four major plays make him easily the most important predecessor of Shakespeare.
Paul Menzer is Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Mary Baldwin University, where he is a professor and the director of the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. He is the editor of Inside Shakespeare: Essays on the Blackfriars Stage (2006) and author of The Hamlets: Cues, Q's, and Remembered Texts (2008), Anecdotal Shakespeare: a New Performance History (2015), Shakespeare in the Theatre: The American Shakespeare Center (2017), as well as editions of Romeo and Juliet (2017) and Doctor Faustus (2018).

Table of Contents

Plot summary
1. Historical and literary contexts
2. Performance aspects of the text
3. Critical interpretations
Resources and annotated bibliography
A note on the text
The Play

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