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The Faust Myth: Religion and the Rise of Representation
by David Hawkes
This book argues that the world has sold its soul to Satan. To make this case, Hawkes undertakes a careful, precise analysis of what the terms 'soul' and 'Satan' have meant historically. Focusing on the story of Dr. Faustus, which he argues is the definitive myth of the modern era, Hawkes claims that the autonomous, individual human subject has become dissolved in a sea of ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
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There are many works written on the Faustian narratives around the world and through centuries. Hawkes's version stands out with its focus on religion, performativity and sign and its strongly Deconstructivist approach. It's well-researched, well-argued and well-structured. From the earlier versions of Faust to the contemporary times, stopping at Enlightenment, Modernism and such in between, the author analyses both Faust narratives themselves and Faustian narratives such as Don Juan, Paradise L ...more