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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Deals with the Devil - The Persistence of the Faust Myth as a Cultural Theme

15th September 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Matthias Mösch

Faust is an icon of modern culture, and his story reflects Western modernity. Even though its traditional forms of presentation do not seem to be fashionable anymore, the metaphors of soul selling and devilish bargains have proven to be astonishingly persistent. After showing the origins of Faust and his major transformations in literature, science, and psychoanalysis, I trace more recent manifestations, asking whether one can still be seriously 'moral' today or should simply enjoy the dance with the devil. Faust's tour thereby leads us from the Church Fathers, Goethe, and Sigmund Freud to expressionist cinema, the Simpsons, and Marxist theory.

The Durham Late Summer Lecture Series is designed to showcase postgraduate research in the Department of English Studies to a general audience from both within and outside of the university, and to offer PhD students and post-docs in the Department of English Studies an opportunity for lecturing and aims to provide valuable experience for later job applications.

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


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