Historia von D. Johann Fausten Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Allen, Marguerite De Huszar. The Faust Legend: Popular Formula and Modern Novel. Germanic Studies in America 39. New York: Peter Lang, 1985.

Examines the influence the Faust legends and the Historia in particular have had on modern fiction.

Baron, Frank. Doctor Faustus: From History to Legend. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1978.

Provides a detailed analysis of the process whereby first- and second-generation accounts of the various Faust and Faust-like figures were made into popular legend.

——. "The Faust Book's Indebtedness to Augustin Lercheimer and the Wittenberg Sources." German Quarterly 59.4 (Fall 1986): 582-94.

Traces connections between Lercheimer's 1585 Christlich bedencken und erjnnerung von Zauberey and the 1587 Historia.

Boerner, Peter, and Sidney Johnson, eds. Faust through Four Centuries: Retrospect and Analysis. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1989.

A collection of essays inspired by a 1987 interdisciplinary symposium on the Faust legend.

Haile, H. G. "The Numidian and the German Faustus." Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, Vol. 63, No. 2 (June 1989): 253-66.

Argues that beyond historical significance, the German Faustus embodied a rich intellectual and cultural heritage. The critic includes a discussion of the influence of Augustinian theology on the development of Faust legendry.

——. "Reconstruction of the Faust Book: The Disputations." PMLA 78 (1963): 175-89.

Examines the issues surrounding textual criticism of the Historia and other early sources of the Faust legend.

Jones, John Henry, ed. The English Faust Book: A Critical Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

A critical edition of the 1592 text based on the Historia which in turn served as the basis of Marlowe's drama. Includes an extensive bibliography.

Meek, Harold. Johann Faust: The Man and the Myth. London: Oxford University Press, 1930.

Among the first texts to link the early Faust stories with Catholic hagiography.

Ward, Adolphus William. Introduction. Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Honourable History of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene. Fourth edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1901. xv-clxxi.

An extensive introduction to the history of the Faust legend, including excerpts from the 1592 English translation and adaptation of the Historia.