Simon Richter, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, will present the topic "The Devil and Daniel Webster."
Simon Richter's scholarly work spans a wide range from 18th-century literature and gender studies, to film studies, and Dutch culture. He also teaches a course on the history of pacts with the devil with Goethe's Faust as the centerpiece. For the PASEF seminar, he will focus on a discussion of the 1941 film adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benet's story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by German director Wilhelm Dieterle, an interesting fusion of old and new world issues against the backdrop of the expanding war in Europe.
The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. More information.