Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces

Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces

by Lorna Fitzsimmons


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This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays examining Goethe’s Faust and its derivatives in European, North American, and South American cultural contexts. It takes both a canonic and archival approach to Faust in studies of adaptations, performances, appropriations, sources, and the translation of the drama contextualized within cultural environments ranging from Gnosticism to artificial intelligence. Lorna Fitzsimmons’ introduction sets this scholarship within a critical framework that draws together work on intertextuality and memory. Alan Corkhill looks at the ways in which the authority of the word is critiqued in Faust and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus. Robert E. Norton revisits the question of Herder as Faust and the early twentieth-century context in which the claim resonated. J. M. van der Laan explores the symbolic possibilities of the mysterious Eternal-Feminine. Frederick Burwick examines Coleridge’s critique of Goethe’s Faust and his own plans for a Faustian tale on Michael Scott. Andrew Bush demonstrates how Estanislao del Campo’s poem “Fausto” retells Gounod’s opera in the sociolect of Argentine gauchos. David G. John examines complete productions of Goethe’s Faust by Peter Stein and the Goetheanum. Jörg Esleben surveys contemporary Canadian interplay with Goethe’s Faust. Susanne Ledanff discusses the significance of Goethe’s Faust for Werner Fritsch’s avant-garde “Theater of the Now.” Bruce J. MacLennan examines Faust from the perspective of a researcher in several Faustian technologies: artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, artificial life, and artificial morphogenesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611461220
Publisher: Lehigh University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lorna Fitzsimmons is associate professor and coordinator, Humanities Program and the Arts and the Humanities MA Program, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Lorna Fitzsimmons
1 The Faustian Contest with the Authority of the Word by Alan Corkhill
2 The Enigmatic Eternal-Feminine by J. M. van der Laan
3 Herder as Faust by Robert E. Norton
4 Coleridge Critique of Goethe’s Faust by Frederick Burwick
5 Remembering Faust in Argentina by Andrew Bush
6 The Complete Faust of Stage: Peter Stein and the Goetheanum by David G. John
7 Faustian Tesserae in the Cultural Mosaic: Contemporary Canadian Interplay with Goethe’s Faust by Jörg Esleben
8 Goethe’s Faust in Werner Fritsch’s “Theater of the Now” by Susanne Ledanff
9 Homunculus’ Quest for a Body by Bruce J. MacLennan
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