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"—"It is finished"—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 . . .