By Inez Hedges
In this interdisciplinary cultural heritage that encompasses movie, literature, tune, and drama, Inez Hedges follows the thread of the Faustian insurgent within the significant highbrow currents of the final hundred years. She offers Faust and his counterpart Mephistopheles as antagonistic—yet complementary—figures whose efficient clash was once imperative to such phenomena because the beginning of narrative cinema, the increase of modernist avant-gardes prior to international struggle II, and feminist reviews of Western cultural traditions.
Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles pursues a dialectical method of cultural background. utilizing the probing lens of cultural reports, Hedges indicates how claims to the Faustian legacy permeated the fight opposed to Nazism within the Thirties whereas infusing not just the quest for socialist utopias in Russia, France, and Germany, but additionally the hunt for legitimacy on each side of the chilly battle divide after 1945.
Hedges balances new views on such famous works as Thomas Mann’s Dr. Faustus and Jack Kerouac’s Dr. Sax with discussions of formerly ignored twentieth-century expressions of the Faust fable, together with American film noir and the Faust motion pictures of Stan Brakhage. She evaluates musical compositions—Hanns Eisler’s Faust libretto, the opera Votre Faust by Henri Pousseur and Michel Butor, and Alfred Schnittke’s Faust Cantata—as good as works of fiction and drama in French and German, a lot of that have heretofore by no means been mentioned outdoor slender disciplinary confines.
Enhanced via twenty-four illustrations, Framing Faust provides a desirable and targeted narrative of a few of the key cultural struggles of the prior century as noticeable in the course of the Faustian prism, and establishes Faust as a massive present-day body of reference.
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