The Faust Legend: Popular Formula and Modern Novel
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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Adrian adventure already appears artistic attempt becomes Beethoven begins biography calls Catholic Chapter Christ Christian complete composition concept conversion critical cultural death desire Devil discussion Doktor Faustus edition example existence fact Faustbuch Faustian Faustus's fiction final follows formula Frankfurt German gives Goethe Golden Legend historical holy hope human idea ideal imitation important irony Johann later letter Leverkühn literary Literatur lives Luther magic Mann's Marie material means miracles montage narrative narrator nature Nietzsche novel original pact Peter popular possibility powers present Princeton question reader reality refers reflection represents ressentiment reveals reversal role Roman Rudi saints salvation saved Schiller Simon Magus soul sources Spies story structure style suggests takes technique theology Thomas Mann tion Tradition ultimately values Verlag Werke writes written Zeitblom
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