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European Languages and Societies

World Languages and Cultures Publications

2006

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Review Of Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles, William H. Carter Jan 2006

Review Of Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles, William H. Carter

World Languages and Cultures Publications

The scope of Fratning Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles is very ambitious, as Inez Hedges concedes at the outset. Rather than attempting to survey "the entire landscape of the Faustian," she narrows her focus to "the ways in which the Faustian rebel has surfaced in some of the most important cultural crises of the twentieth century" in order "to explore the Faustian myth in its various political, aesthetic, and social contexts" (xiii). While the topic appears very broad at first, the author skillfully demonstrates her expertise in European film and surrealism as she excavates little-known archival material and countless lesser-known Faust ...