Ulysses and Faust: Tradition and Modernism from Homer till the Present examines the most important authors of Western literature: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Marlowe, Goethe, Joyce, Eliot, Mann, Bulgakov and Pasternak, who based their works on one or other of the two key myths of the West, Ulysses and Faust. This volume provides a synoptic view of Western literature, as a foundation text for literary studies at all levels and as a way of encouraging people to once more engage with the major authors of our literary heritage. Ulysses and Faust considers the artistic revolution known as Modernism at the start of the twentieth century and the subsequent events in Europe, such as the World Wars and the totalitarian regimes, which led to a major break in Western civilization reflected in its literature. Consequently, these detailed critical studies illuminate their authors’ Weltanschauung, their view of life as it was lived in their time.
Dr. Harry Redner received his Ph.D. at Melbourne University, and later pursued further research at Oxford, teaching Political Philosophy, History and Sociology at Monash University. Harry Redner was Reader at Monash University and has been visiting professor at Yale University, University of California-Berkeley, and Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Universities of Yale, Boulder and Berkeley; later visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études in Paris and Haifa University. Dr. Redner held the endowed ALCATEL Chair at Darmstadt University (1998) and the Franz Rosenzweig Chair at Kassel University (2009). He has also published fourteen books across many fields