Faust and the Environment
Peik Hall, Room 28
For Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832), the relationship between the physical world and human existence constitutes a dynamic system of energy, matter, and living things that is complexly entangled with how our mental perceptions function. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his dramatic work Faust, where the relationship between nature and culture surfaces as a pivotal theme that is deeply connected to Goethe’s varied scientific interests in geology, optics, weather, plants, and many other domains. Prof. Sullivan will explore the sense of environment found in Faust in terms of its historical context and in connections with the perspectives of ecocriticism.