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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Definitions for Bildungsroman

  1. a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.

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Citations for Bildungsroman
Great Expectations is the only bildungsroman of its day that one may call a tragicomedy; it goes on long enough (and is written with sufficient retrospective) for Pip to learn that life is one too. Jerome Meckier, Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella, 2002
Britain's latest answer to Bret and Jay has managed to write a slacker Bildungsroman destined to be a classic of prolonged adolescence and male I-love-her, I-love-her-not pathology. John Homans, "Five That Fascinate: Nick Hornby, High Fidelity," New York, September 11, 1995
Origin of Bildungsroman
1905-1910
Bildungsroman is of German origin. Its first element, Bildung, means "formation" and its second element, Roman, means "novel."