The Faust Legend: Popular Formula and Modern Novel

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P. Lang, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 178 pages
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Allen reevaluates the Historia von D. Johann Fausten as a work of formulaic fiction which inverts the structural pattern of the medieval saints' legends, subverting Catholic values in favor of Lutheran ones. This reevaluation makes possible a new reading of Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus. Mann adopted the Historia's basic structural pattern of hagiography-antihagiography and rewrote the Faustian pact as Nietzschean ressentiment period. Mann recognized that the Historia had a montage technique of its own and this substantially affected the development of his montage technique in Doktor Faustus.

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