The course focuses on the Faust legend, its elaboration in poetic history, and its formative role in the development of German literature and philosophy. In addition to a detailed study of Goethe’s masterwork, discussions focus on a number of related themes, including: the problem of evil and moral philosophy; human cognition and will; alchemy and forbidden knowledge; and the insatiable lust for learning.
Course Notes: All readings are available in English. Offered jointly with the Comparative Literature Department as Comp. Lit. 180. Credit may be earned for Comp. Lit. 180 or German 180, but not both.