GERMAN 303 - Topics in German Culture and the Arts
Winter 2021, Section 001 - Faust Uncensored
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
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The stories of Faust are as old as the Bible and as new as biotech. They are about the nature of evil, and about spirituality in conflict with both materialism and orthodox religion. We focus on the great versions by Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, and Bulgakov (hilarious and profound), but we also range widely in discussing theology (esp. Luther), psychology (Freud), political and religious censorship, magic and the beginnings of modern science, politics, and lots of music (esp. Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich).

Some of the topics covered in lectures: Good and Evil — The myth of the Magus and the historical Dr. Faustus — Martin Luther and the theology of salvation — Magic and other Enchantments — The Chapbook of 1587 — Religion in 16th-century England — Christopher Marlowe and his world — Demonology — Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Faust — Freud on the interpretation of dreams — Mythology and the evolution of consciousness — Hegel’s and Goethe’s “phenomenology” — “The disenchantment of the world” — Tonality — Beethoven the revolutionary — Arnold Schoenberg, Mann, and the Nazis — “The Game of the Soviet Censor” — The Gospel of Socialist Realism — Shostakovich vs. Stalin — What is “Faustian”?

Class Format:

Instruction Mode: The weekly lectures for this course will require synchronous attendance.

Course Testing/Assessment: Testing for this course will be asynchronous and will consist of essay questions that will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.

Platforms: This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components, in addition to regular meetings via Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.


GERMAN 303 - Topics in German Culture and the Arts
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: meets with RCHUMS 334.012
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: meets with JUDAIC 318.005, SLAVIC 290.007, and MIDEAST 391.003
004 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: meets with SLAVIC 225.001 and JUDAIC 218.001

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