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.

part I|116 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

The Hellenic and Hebraic Traditions

chapter 2|27 pages

Ulysses in Homer, Virgil and Dante

chapter 3|32 pages

Ulysses in Shakespeare and Cervantes

chapter 4|35 pages

Faust in Marlowe and Goethe

part II|157 pages


chapter 5|25 pages

Modernism and Modernist Traditionalism

chapter 6|35 pages


Ulysses as Jew

chapter 7|26 pages

The Waste Land

The Missing Ulysses

chapter 8|38 pages

Doctor Faustus

The German Faust

chapter 9|31 pages

The Master and Margarita and Doctor Zhivago

The Russian Faust