Dramaturgical Resources: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

Over the course of the season, our Assistant Directors and student Dramaturgs will be compiling dramaturgical resources relating to each production as it develops. Below are some links to websites which relate to the history of the play, the biography of the playwright, and sites that contextualize and, we hope, shed light on the directorial approach to the dramatic material.

We hope you find these resources of interest.

Gertrude Stein (b. 1874 - d. 1946)

An enormous amount of online material exists relating to both Gertrude Stein and her work, and to the Faust myth and various Faust authors. Below, we've listed some of these websites and divided them thematically into groups. Additionally, we've listed some other resources pertaining to thematic concerns evident in the text or referenced conceptually in the production.

On Gertrude Stein...
The World of Gertrude Stein
tenderbuttons: Gertrude Stein Online
Modern American Poetry: Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein reads her own work...
Gertrude Stein reads extracts from The Making of Americans, A Completed Portrait of Picasso, and others (including a Stein interview)

On Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus...
SparkNotes: Doctor Faustus - Synopsis, Text, and Commentary
Doctor Faustus - Scholarly Eletronic Text and original English Faust Book (Marlowe's original source)

On Goethe and Goethe's Faust...
A pocket biography of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faust articles and resources from About.com

On Faust in general...
Faust, the Man/Myth

On Electricity...
The Minds that Discovered Electricity
The Origins of Electricity
The History of Electricity

Marshall McLuhan on Electricity, Media and Identity ...
About Marshall McLuhan
Another pocket biography of McLuhan
McLuhan and Identity in the Technological Age

On 1938 (the year Stein wrote Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights)...
Kristallnacht
Nobel Prize presentation speech awarding Nobel Prize in Physics to Enrico Fermi
The Seeds of War and World Conquest
The British reaction to the German-Austrian Anschluss: statement of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons

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