Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bildungsroman noun [BIL-doongz-roh-mahn] A type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
Definitions for Bildungsroman
- A type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
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Citations for Bildungsroman
Unlike David Copperfield, The Catcher in the Rye is no Bildungsroman, because the narrator/protagonist doesn't want to grow up.
With its emphasis squarely on the diversity and latitude of lived experiences, Night Travellers unambiguously demonstrates its unease with the rigid providential scenario that pervades this kind of political Bildungsroman.
Origin of Bildungsroman
Bildungsroman stems from the German word of the same spelling. The word bildung means "formation," and the word roman means "book."