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ASC German Studies Hosts Bridge Markland with “Faust in the Box”

Faust–also known as Faustus, or Dr. Faust(us)–has roamed the pages of world literature in many cultures. Arguably, he has left his most decisive mark on German literary history, where Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s play “Faust” continues to inspire artistic expression from literature to theater to film.

Regrettably, the intellectual satisfaction from engaging with this rich cultural text has been undermined quite often by not-so-great pedagogy for many generations of (German) students; they had to memorize parts of the play, bow to the unquestioned (and distorted) cultural authority of Goethe as portrayed by literary historians, and write boring essays about minute details. (Alright, it wasn’t that bad probably, but that’s at least what older generations keep telling us.)

So, we chose a different route, and bring you “Faust in the Box” by internationally renowned artist Bridge Markland. Performing “Faust” for a 21st-century audience, Markland focuses on topics that conventional readings often overlook(ed), ranging from gender relations to identity questions, etc.

Join us for Bridge Markland’s performance (in English), organized in collaboration with Decatur’s PushPush theater, and generously supported by The Halle Foundation:

When: Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm
Where: Presser Hall/Mclean Auditorium, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA 30030

The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Gundolf Graml (ggramlATagnesscott.edu) with any questions.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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