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This one's got it all, people: devils, damsels, and dastardly deeds. Doctor Faustus is the story of a fantastic scholar who determines a modest magical mojo will fix his ennui. The catch? He has to signal his soul over to the devil so as to get that mojo workin'. The legend of Faustus was already well-known in Europe by the time Christopher Marlowe turned it into a play in 1594. It had been making the rounds as a folktale in Germany since the early 1500s, and was translated into English and......Read More
In England, at the middle of the nineteenth century (a.k.a. Victorian times) Charles Dickens was totally fed up with Utilitarianism and Political Economy. Whoa, don't panic! Shmoop to the what-on-earth-is-that-big-capitalized-word rescue! Political Economy is exactly what they predicted economics back in the day, and Utilitarianism is the idea that we ought to put up society to do the greatest good for the most number of individuals. It sounds great when we say it like this, but how can anyone......Read More
At a 1962 interview, Sylvia Plath commented that personal experience was interesting only when it wasn't "a sort of shut-box and mirror looking, narcissistic experience." She worried that personal experience ought to be made "related, and related to the bigger things, the larger things such as Hiroshima and Dachau and so on" (origin). In other words, personal experience is only interesting if a connection is made to big-picture problems such as atomic warfare or the Holocaust. The simple fact......Read More
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