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Approaches to Teaching Goethe's Faust

Editor(s): Douglas J. McMillan

Pages: xiii & 170 pp.
Published: 1987
ISBN: 9780873525015

"An eminently usable volume that should be read by anyone who teaches Goethe in German or in English translation. Highly recommended."

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"To know Goethe's Faust is to know the humanities," writes the editor of this book. But Faust may be difficult to present to undergraduates, not only because of the problems of translation, if the play is taught in English, but also because of the special uses of language, mythology, history, and science in Goethe's sprawling cosmo-drama. This volume provides help and encouragement to the teacher of Faust; it contains suggestions by teachers of German literature, Romance literatures, English and American literatures, comparative literature, history, and psychology.

Like other volumes in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, it is divided into two parts. The first, "Materials," discusses the editions and translations available, aids to teaching, background works, and critical studies. In the second part, "Approaches," twenty-four essays discuss topics ranging from the genre of Faust to the problem of Gretchen's docility to poetic devices to the devil in literature. The essays are marked by a tension between those that advocate a strictly literary approach to Goethe's work and those that take interdisciplinary and interart approaches.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Goethe's Faust

Douglas J. McMillan

Editions and Translations
German Editions
Translations: Dual-Language Editions, English Translations, Anthology
Required and Recommended Student Readings
General Introductions to Goethe
Background Studies
Critical Works
Influence Studies

Aids to Teaching

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Critical Studies


Teaching Goethe's Faust: Introductory Remarks
Cyrus Hamlin

Approaches to Goethe and Faust: General Discussions and Background

The Genre of Faust
Jane K. Brown

Goethe and Classicism
Kathleen Harris

Goethe and Romanticism
Neil M. Flax

The Problem of Gretchen
Lilian R. Furst

Goethe and Science
A. G. Steer

Aesthetic Qualities
Stuart Atkins

The Structure of Faust
Christoph E. Schweitzer

Approaches to Teaching Faust: Units and Courses

Two Roads to Faust
Henry Hatfield

Goethe's Faust: Poetic Devices
Victor Lange

In Search of Goethe's Faust from Without: A Dramatic Approach
Hart Wegner

Teaching Structural Unity in Goethe's Faust through Language Patterns
Garold N. Davis

The Individual, Nature, and Faust
Cam Walker

The Romantic Revolution
Margot A. Haberhern

"Linger a While . . .": Faust in a World Literature Class
Patricia Marks

Faust in a Great Books Course
George Newtown

Teaching Faust with Art: The Delacroix Lithographs
Richard Erich Schade

Approaches to Teaching Faust and the Faust Legend: Units and Courses

Faust and Freshman Humanities
Larry K. Uffelman

The Many Lives of Dr. Faust: An Interdisciplinary Television Course
Roslyn Abt Schindler

The Faustian Theme in European Literature, Painting, and Music
Edith Potter

Faust in Literature and Music
Carsten E. Seecamp

Taming the Dragon: Or, How to Render Faust Congenial to Undergraduates
Frank S. Lambasa

Ivan Turgenev's "Faust": A Realist's Transformation of the Gretchen Tragedy
Werner Hoffmeister

The Devil in Faust and in World Literature
Laurence M. Porter

Works Cited


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