The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

Course Dates: 05/11/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
The myth of the Medieval scholar exchanging his life to satisfy his thirst for knowledge features in several European plays and novels. We will look at two interpretations of this story, Goethe’s Faust (Part I) and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HLT70

Sat, day, 05 Nov - 05 Nov '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Faust wishes to go beyond the limits (and limitations) of human knowledge, and this leads to his eventually downfall. Echoes of this archetype can be found as far afield as the myth of Prometheus, the Biblical story of Adam or the stories of Don Quixote. Why did this myth capture people’s imagination and inspire two great writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Goethe to turn it into literature?

What will we cover?

We will look at the origins of this story and understand its popularity ever since the first written version of the story was published in the 16th century. We will then analyse the texts by Marlowe and Goethe through the reading of extracts, identifying their differences and similarities.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Provide some background information on the figure of Faust
- Identify similarities and differences in the works by Marlowe and Goethe
- Appreciate Marlowe’s and Goethe’s writing ability through reading and discussing extracts.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course, and no previous knowledge of the works is required. You do not need to demonstrate any skills beyond the ability and willingness to read texts, exchange responses to them and listen in an open and supportive way to the response of others.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The session will consist of a mixture of tutor-led lecture, group discussion and work in small groups.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Extracts from the texts will be provided by the tutor during the session; further reading recommendations will be given. Bring writing material.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check out other literary history classes on under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Literary History.

Francesco Bucciol

Francesco has taught Italian language classes and literature at City Lit since 2014. He also works as Head of the Classics Department. After graduating with honours in Modern Languages and Literatures (English, German and Serbo-Croat), he moved to London and started teaching Italian at various adult education colleges, which gave him the opportunity to share his interest in Italian language, culture and traditions to a diverse range of students. During this time, he also acquired experience in curriculum management. Francesco currently prepares students for Italian exams. His passion includes philology, Dante, early Italian literature and the history of Italy (primarily the Northeast, where he grew up and was educated).

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