This title reveals the Faust myth's contributions to structures of power and hegemony. In this interdisciplinary cultural history that encompasses film, literature, music, and drama, Inez Hedges follows the thread of the Faustian rebel in the major intellectual currents of the last hundred years. She presents Faust and his counterpart Mephistopheles as antagonistic - yet complementary - figures whose productive conflict was integral to such phenomena as the birth of narrative cinema, the rise of modernist avant-gardes before World War II, and feminist critiques of Western cultural traditions. Enhanced by twenty-four illustrations, ""Framing Faust"" provides a fascinating and focused narrative of some of the major cultural struggles of the past century as seen through the Faustian prism, and establishes Faust as an important present-day frame of reference.
Inez Hedges is a professor of French, German, and cinema studies at Northeastern University, where she codirects the Program in Cinema Studies. She is the author of Languages of Revolt: Dada and Surrealist Literature and Film and Breaking the Frame: Film Language and the Experience of Limits.