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Hidden mutualities hyperlink the paintings of significant postcolonial writers with Christopher Marlowe's drama of the Faustian pact - the manipulation of the fabric international in trade for the soul - written because the clinical world-view used to be rising which observed the imperial enlargement of Europe and has decided the industrial and social constructions of the colonial and postcolonial global. This attention-grabbing examine brings jointly researches in broadly diversified fields to teach how 'Doctor Faustus' displays a Gnostic / airtight culture marginalized in the dominant ecu strength buildings. Rediscovered within the Renaissance, and mixed with occult arts similar to alchemy and magic, this residing culture informs the paintings of Magus figures corresponding to Pico della Mirandola, Marcilio Ficino, Trithemius, Johannes Reuchlin, Agrippa of Nettesheim, Paracelsus and John Dee, who're mirrored within the Faust culture and in Prospero in Shakespeare s 'The Tempest'. the second one half investigates the twin legacy of the Magus. A counterpoint among a law-governed aim fabric global and an occult visionary pursuit of the divine capability of the human mind's eye is traced during the examples of Johan Kepler, Robert Fludd, Isaac Newton, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, Aleister Crowley, W.B. Yeats, Wolfgang Pauli and C.G. Jung. within the 3rd half, textual research finds how awareness to those Faustian issues opens new and interesting serious views in appreciating the works of postcolonial writers, particularly 'Dimetos' by way of Athol Fugard, 'Disappearance' by means of David Dabydeen, 'Omeros' by means of Derek Walcott, and the novels of Wilson Harris.

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