Course Title: The Devil's Pact (Goethe's Faust, Part I)
Instructor: Brent Peterson (KSAS '71)
Brought to you by Odyssey
October 30, 2023 - December 04, 2023 (6 Sessions)
Monday, 5 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom
COURSE DESCRIPTION: What does it mean when we read or hear of a “Faustian bargain”? Is it when a business owner or entrepreneur cuts corners, hoping to make billions and not get caught? Or when a football player refuses to retire, knowing that he might suffer traumatic brain injuries that will alter his quality of life in middle age, after his knees have already given out for good? What about the politician who hooks his wagon to a dubious president, only to be indicted for something he wishes he hadn’t done? Of course, it’s all these instances and more, but the classic treatment of the “bargain” is Goethe’s Faust, one of the great and lasting works of literature that far too few people know and read today. This course sets out to remedy that deficit by guiding you through Part One of Goethe’s weird, funny, fabulous, and still timely play.
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