MODERN VERSIONS OF THE FAUSTUS MYTH: RAVENHILL’S FAUST (FAUST IS DEAD) AND MEMET’S FAUST
Keywords:the Faustus myth, the Faustian archetype, forbidden knowledge, soul
Tzvetan Todorov, a literary critic, has referred to modern Western culture as Faustian. His diagnosis has been confrmed by a number of contemporary playwrights who resort to the Faustian archetype to describe the combination of tremendous technological advancement and profound moral failure that characterizes our modernity. Two recent plays, directly inﬂuenced by Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus – Faust (Faust is Dead) by Mark Ravenhill and Faustus by David Mamet – will be the subject of this paper.
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