Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces by Lorna FitzsimmonsGoethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces by Lorna Fitzsimmons

Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces

byLorna Fitzsimmons

Hardcover | August 17, 2012

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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.
Lorna Fitzsimmons is associate professor and coordinator, Humanities Program and the Arts and the Humanities MA Program, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles.
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Title:Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist InterfacesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 9.3 × 6.18 × 0.89 inPublished:August 17, 2012Publisher:Lehigh University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611461227

ISBN - 13:9781611461220

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Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction 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 Laan3 Herder as Faust by Robert E. Norton4 Coleridge Critique of Goethe's Faust by Frederick Burwick5 Remembering Faust in Argentina by Andrew Bush6 The Complete Faust of Stage: Peter Stein and the Goetheanum by David G. John7 Faustian Tesserae in the Cultural Mosaic: Contemporary Canadian Interplay with Goethe's Faust by Jörg Esleben8 Goethe's Faust in Werner Fritsch's "Theater of the Now" by Susanne Ledanff9 Homunculus' Quest for a Body by Bruce J. MacLennanAbout the Contributors Index

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Rarely does a collected volume live up to the promise of its title as emphatically as Lorna Fitzsimmons's Goethe's Faust and Cultural Memory. The "comparatist interfaces" invoked by the subtitle is a phrase that so often glides meaninglessly by, but not here.... The volume ends far from where it begins, a testament to the breadth of Faust's concerns and to the range of its significance as a cultural touchstone. The variety of approaches and fields on display, as well as the wealth of bibliographic references, makes this volume a valuable resource for any research on Faust's radiations into the realm of cultural memory and a showcase of the power of the drama itself.