An English lit grad student asks about independent study topics involving Milton, Dante and the Faust Myth.
The Faust legend is a German myth about a scholar named Dr. Faustus who made a pact with the devil (Mephistopheles) to exchange his soul for knowledge and worldly success. The legend first became popular with Christopher Marlow’s Doctor Faustus published in 1592 and later in 1808 with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust. Since then, the Faust myth has influenced countless musical, theatrical, and literary works. Read articles about the Faust myth below.