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The Faust Legend
From Marlowe and Goethe to Contemporary Drama and Film


  • Date Published: August 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108469173


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  • What do men and women desire? For what will they barter their immortal souls? These two questions have haunted Western society, and these persistent queries find their fullest embodiment in the Faust legend. This memorable story, told and retold in novels, prose fiction, and drama, has also profoundly influenced music, art, and cinema. Sara Munson Deats explores its impact, tracing the development of the Faust topos from the seminal works of Marlowe and Goethe to the large number of dramatic and cinematic adaptations which have fascinated audiences and readers throughout the centuries. Her study traces the durability of this legend and its pervasive influence on the literature of the Western world, in which it has adapted across time, languages, and nations to reflect the concerns of a given era or place. This is the first comparative analysis of the Faust legend in drama and film.

    • Explores dramatic and filmic adaptations of the Faust legend, from seminal dramatic works on the subject, to lesser known plays and films
    • Compares Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's adaptation of the Faust legend
    • Provides an analysis of the ways in which the Faust legend has been adapted to reflect topical questions of the period in which they were written
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    'Based on solid and original scholarship, this book is intelligent and attractive for the educated readership, theatre and cinema-goers generally, and especially those interested in the Faust legend, Goethe, classical German literature, drama, and film. It can serve as a source of entertainment, a critical study, or a useful reference work.' David G. John, University of Waterloo. Canada

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108469173
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The background of the Faust legend
    2. Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
    3. Goethe's Faust
    4. Poste-Goethe dramatic versions of the Faust legend
    5. Cinematic Fausts

  • Author

    Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
    Sara Munson Deats is a Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida. Former President of the Marlowe Society of America, she has published over fifty essays on the early modern drama. Her twelve published books include three collections of essays on Christopher Marlowe, co-edited with Robert Logan; a collection of essays on Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, and Sex, Gender, and Desire in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe (1997), for which she received the Roma Gill Award from the Marlowe Society of America.

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