Notes and discussion questions for Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (15641593)
TAKE-HOME QUIZ 1: In preparation for the first class on Marlowes Dr.
Faustus, read the CHORUS speech on page 1 of the Dover edition and answer the
following questions specifi
Excerpts from the HISTORIA & TALE OF
DOCTOR JOHANNES FAUSTUS (1587)
The sorcerer, wherein is described specifically and veraciously:
His entire life and death,
How he did oblige himself for a certain time unto the Devil,
And what happened to him,
SOVIET LITERATURE AND LIFE IN THE 1930s
The Master and Margarita was written over a period of 12 years, from 1928 to just before the writers death in 1940.
The novel could not be published due to its satirical and political contents; it first appeared in
I. Introduction to the Gretchen Tragedy (in German, Gretchen is a nickname for Margareta)
This episode formed the entirety of Goethes original Faust (the so-called Urfaust).
It was not part of the Faust tradition; it is wholly Goethes addition to the lege
NOTES ON THE END OF THE MASTER AND MARGARITA
Margarita is definitely more demonic than good she actually worships the Devil,
calling Woland omnipotent and never doubts his existence for one moment. Some
critics have suggested that Satan sends her to the M
A medieval chemical philosophy having as
its asserted aim the transmutation of base
metals into gold, the discovery of the
panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of
A new time period the 20th century (1930s)
A new national culture Russian Soviet
A new political system Totalitarianism
A new artistic sensibility Modernism
A new religious culture Official Aetheism
Schedule of Reading Assignments, Classes, and Take-home Quizzes (6-9) for The Master and
Margarita (M&M) by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated into English by Diana Burgin and Katherine
OConnor (Vintage International, 1995).
NB All students should be reading th
Pacting with the Devil: First Essay on (Excerpts from)Historia and Tale of Dr. Johannes Faustus.
THIS ESSAY IS DUE IN HARD COPY IN CLASS ON FEBRUARY 24, 2015 (OR BEFORE).
MINIMUM LENGTH IS 2 TYPED, DOUBLESPACED PAGES, ABOUT 850 WORDS.
His entire life
How he did
himself for a
Excerpts from the HISTORIA & TALE
OF DOCTOR JOHANNES FAUSTUS
Introduction to the Faustbuch 15871
The first book devoted entirely to Faust was a mixture of legend and fantasy published by
Johann Spiess in 1587-88 under the title, Historia & Tale of Dr. Johannes Faustus (called the
Faustbuch). It was quickly translat
Dr Faustus, Scenes 5-9
The center, turning-point, climax of the play;
the point where Dr. Faustus reaches his peak of
fortune and begins his reversal = end of scene 6: O this [the seven deadly sins] feeds my soul. p
29 Wagner sums up for us: Mephistophili
The end of Dr. Faustus
The conflict between the Old Man (Wisdom, Faith, & Eternal life) and Helen (Beauty, Lust and
Scene XIII: The Old Man and Faustus third attempt to repent (Soul vs Body)
SOUL: First appearance of Old Man and mission: T
Born in Canterbury, England, in 1564. While Christopher Marlowe's literary career lasted less
than six years, and his life only 29 years, his achievements, most notably the play The Tragicall
History of Doctor Faustus, ensured his last
Schedule of Classes, Take-home Quizzes (3&4), and class discussion questions for
Faust Part I, by J.W. Goethe, based on the De Leon/Burgin prose translation (on
1. PLEASE PRINT OUT A COPY OF DE LEONS TRANSLATION FOR USE IN CLA
La Damnation de
Hector Berlioz (18031869)
The Damnation of Faust
Plaines de Hongrie.
Faust, seul, dans les champs au
lever du soleil.
Le vieil hi
Information about the Open-Book Midterm on March 12, 2015 starting, 12:30 pm,
ending, 1:45 pm. PLEASE COME ON TIME. THE EXAM IS DESIGNED TO TAKE 75 minutes.
1. You are allowed two printed texts during the exam (three if you are bringing two
versions of Go
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES, DISCUSSIONS, TESTS, GRADED WORK DUE
TOPIC; SEGMENT OF WORK FOR DISCUSSION; TESTS
Introduction to the course. People who made pacts with the devil.
Overview of the Faust legend in Western Cu
Introduction to the Faustbuch 15871
The first book devoted entirely to Faust was a mixture of legend and fantasy published by Johann Spiess in
1587-88 under the title, Historia & Tale of Dr. Johannes Faustus (called the Faustbuch). It was quickly
Illustrated excerpts from Historia &
Tale of Dr. Johannes Faustus, which
present the main points of the original
WHAT IS THE FAUSTBOOK,
Historia and Tale of Dr. Johannes Faustus?
a heterogeneous work that combines: fac
Presentation 1: Pacting with the Devil Throughout History
The theme of our course is a story (even a myth or legend), a story about a man, Faust, who makes a
pact with the devil; after Christ, Mary and the Devil himself, Faust (and his endless imitators)
PONTIUS PILATE IN THE FOUR GOSPELS (New King James Version)
Matthew 27: 1-24
1 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted
against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led
Him away and delivered Him
Ten Principles Governing Master and Margaritas World
1. Jesus did exist. The Devil exists. No points of view are
necessary. No proof is required.
2. Manuscripts dont burn.
3. As one believes, so shall it be.
4. Man is not in ultimate control of what will
Bulgakovs Master and Margarita and the Faust tradition.
Bulgakov referred to the novel as my Faust and in one of the earlier versions, the
Master was called Faust. In the final version, at the very end, the Master is called
a new Faust. Although Goethe an
THE THREE INTERSECTING REALITIES OF MASTER & MARGARITA
STORY & SUBJECTS
MAY 1-5, 1929:
THE DEVIL VISITS
12-15 NISAN 29
1, 3-12 (13) 14-15,
2, 16, 25, 26
The Masters story transformation and updating of Faust
1. Significant role reversal between Faust and Gretchen (Margarite)
2. The Devil does not appear overtly in Ms life on earth, except in the role of Aloisy
3. The Masters story takes place two
YESHUA VS JESUS
Christian vocabulary is avoided, no crucifixion, cross, nails, resurrection
Ga-Notsri - origin is debated, uncertain, may come from ganotseri (Talmud) or Nazorei (name given by
Jews to new sectarians
Gamal (Gamla) as his birthplace
SATIRE IN THE MASTER
The Faust works we have read all contain a
mixture of raucous comedy, satire and high
tragedy. Bulgakovs M&M follows this
SPECIFIC FOCUS OF BULGAKOVS
Soviet officialdom/bureaucracy/administration in th
Pontius Pilate ( chapters 2, 16, 25, 26, 32)
Author: the Master, who claims he guessed it all. The device of rendering strange - de-automatizing
the response to an old, familiar story in order to reveal a new perspective.
GOETHES SOURCES FOR
Puppet plays based on Marlowes Dr. Faustus
(which had become part of German folk culture)
The 4th edition (1723) of the Faustbuch
Knowledge of alchemy, the occult, and
Paracelsus, a 16th c physician, botanist, and