Johannes Anderegg, professor emeritus at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. The speech is sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Howerton Fund.
The title of Anderegg’s talk is "Visual Art in the Final Scenes of Goethe’s Faust." The talk is free and open to the public.
Anderegg’s primary areas of specialization are literary theory, aesthetics, Goethe and German literature of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Goethe’s Faust can be regarded as one of the most important documents of the debate during that time on Christian belief, religious traditions and theology. Goethe’s knowledge of the Bible, of religious thought in general and of religious art greatly influenced his work.