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Goethe's Faust
Theatre of Modernity

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Hans Schulte, John Noyes, Pia Kleber, Albrecht Schöne, Rolf-Peter Janz, Peter Huber, Ulrich Gaier, Wolf-Daniel Hartwich, Hans-Jürgen Schings, Eberhard Lämmert, Gisela Brude-Firnau, Wilhelm Blum, Angela Borchert, Ernst Osterkamp, W. Daniel Wilson, Martin Swales, Dieter Borchmeyer, Jane Brown, Helmut Schanze, Peter Stein, Dirk Pilz, Jörg Bochow, Laura Caretti
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  • Date Published: June 2011
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194648

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  • Faust has been called the fundamental icon of Western culture, and Goethe's inexhaustible poetic drama is the centerpiece of its tradition in literature, music and art. In recent years, this play has experienced something of a renaissance, with a surge of studies, theater productions, press coverage and public discussions. Reflecting this renewed interest, leading Goethe scholars in this volume explore the play's striking modernity within its theatrical framework. The chapters present new aspects such as the virtuality of Faust, the music drama, the modernization of evil, Faust's blindness, the gay Mephistopheles, classic beauty and horror as phantasmagoria, and Goethe's anticipation of modern science, economics and ecology. The book contains an illustrated section on Faust in modern performance, with contributions by renowned directors, critics and dramaturges, and a major interview with Peter Stein, director of the uncut 'millennium production' of Expo 2000.

    • Presents a range of fresh insights into this pivotal work, and is the only recent English-language collection on Goethe's Faust
    • Features a fascinating and revealing interview with Peter Stein, one of the leading directors and producers of our time
    • Emphasizes the relevance of the play today as well as its operatic character, covering major recent productions
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    "...this multifaceted collection certainly represents the culmination of the rich history of Faust scholarship in the second half of the twentieth century."
    --Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194648
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Hans Schulte
    Part I. Modernity:
    1. Faust – today Albrecht Schöne
    2. Mephisto and the modernization of evil Rolf-Peter Janz
    3. Mephisto is the devil – or is he? Peter Huber
    4. 'Schwankende Gestalten': virtuality in Goethe's Faust Ulrich Gaier
    5. Amnesia and anamnesis in Goethe's Faust Wolf-Daniel Hartwich
    6. Cagliostro and Saint-Simon in Goethe's Faust II Hans-Jürgen Schings
    7. Faust's blindness Eberhard Lämmert
    8. From Faust to Harry Potter: discourses of the centaurs Gisela Brude-Firnau
    9. Mistra and the Peloponnes in Goethe's Faust II Wilhelm Blum
    10. Goethe and the grotesque: the 'classical Walpurgis night' Angela Borchert
    11. Redefining classicism: antiquity in Faust II Ernst Osterkamp
    12. Mephisto, the angels, and the homoerotic in Faust II W. Daniel Wilson
    Part II. Theatre:
    13. Goethe's Faust: theatre, meta-theatre, tragedy Martin Swales
    14. Faust beyond tragedy: hidden comedy, covert opera Dieter Borchmeyer
    15. Theatricality and experiment: identity in Faust Jane Brown
    16. Rhetorical action: Faust between rhetoric, poetics, and music Helmut Schanze
    17. Directing Faust: an interview Peter Stein
    18. A contradictory whole: Peter Stein stages Faust Dirk Pilz
    19. Rethinking and staging Faust at the State Theatre Stuttgart, 2005/6 Jörg Bochow
    20. Strehler's Faust in performance Laura Caretti
    Select bibliography.

  • Editors

    Hans Schulte
    Hans Schulte is a retired Associate Professor of German at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

    John Noyes, University of Toronto
    John Noyes is Professor of German at the University of Toronto.

    Pia Kleber, University of Toronto
    Pia Kleber is Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.

    Contributors

    Hans Schulte, John Noyes, Pia Kleber, Albrecht Schöne, Rolf-Peter Janz, Peter Huber, Ulrich Gaier, Wolf-Daniel Hartwich, Hans-Jürgen Schings, Eberhard Lämmert, Gisela Brude-Firnau, Wilhelm Blum, Angela Borchert, Ernst Osterkamp, W. Daniel Wilson, Martin Swales, Dieter Borchmeyer, Jane Brown, Helmut Schanze, Peter Stein, Dirk Pilz, Jörg Bochow, Laura Caretti

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