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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 379S • Senior Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34870 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 308

Course Description

Once upon a time, there was this guy who wanted something bad. What he wants he wants so much that he will do anything to get it. Opportunity arises in the form of the devil, who tempts the man to make a deal. They draw up a contract, which the guy signs with his own blood. Wish granted, soul exchanged--the devil's bargain. Short-term gain, long-term payback, second-guessing, counter-bargaining, teeth gnashing, wheels turning. Can anyone, including Dr. Faustus, outwit the devil, and outwit death in the bargain? Find out the answers, or at least the questions, from these famous and not-so-famous writers and filmmakers.

Grading Policy

One meditation--2 pages 5%
One short paper--5 pages (submitted in two drafts) 15%
Two peer critiques--1 to 2 pages 10%
One research paper--8 pages (submitted in two drafts) 30%
Two quizzes 40%


(may have to trim)

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound; Anonymous, Historia von D. Johann Fausten ; Anna Bijns, Mary of Nijmeghen; Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust; Washington Irving, The Devil and Tom Walker; Thomas Mann, Doktor Faustus; Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita; Dorothy Sayers, The Devil to Pay; Vaclav Havel, Temptation; Gertrude Stein, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights; Philip K. Dick, Galactic Pot-Healer; Joao Guimares Rosa, Grande Sertao: Veredas (the Devil to Pay in the Backlands); David Mamet, Faustus; Tom Holt, Faust Among Equals

Bedazzled; Phantom of the Paradise; I was a teenage Faust; Fausto 5.0; Mephisto


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