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?
Look up Literature courses in the prospectus under Humanities or on the website under History, Culture and Writing at bildutrapagaran.info.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details