Professor Faustus by Robert Erle Barham

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Professor Faustus

Robert Erle Barham on Modern Education as a Deal with the Devil

When I taught Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus at Covenant College last fall, I expected student trepidation, given the play's depiction of demons and dark arts. After all, the protagonist is a notorious necromancer, who sells his soul to Lucifer, declaring as he signs the blood deed, "Consummatum est"β€”"It is finished"β€”in a parody of Christ. But I was wrong: the students found the play both accessible and moving.

Perhaps I should not have been surprised. Faustus is a student too, and Marlowe re . . .