Date of Award

Summer 1978

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

William F. Ryan

Committee Member

John P. Holley

Committee Member

Marjory Strauss

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85R3


The Faust theme has inspired individuals to creative endeavors over the years. While many of the resulting literary works are widely recognized and highly valued, few of the pictorial efforts have been similarly acknowledged. This investigation treats this apparent paradox as it applies to the soliloquy in the first scene of Part I of Goethe's poetic drama. The first part of the study compares the written word with its graphic interpretation, utilizing twenty-seven portrayals of Faust in his Study. The second section traces the iconography of the scene in a broader context, using twenty-eight prototypes which correspond to the depictions. The final portion relates the literary and pictorial models and places the portrayals within two distinct representational traditions which arise in the classical period and continue into modern times.


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