Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. 10-15

By any standards, the German Bildungsroman is not an easily accessible novel tradition for the Anglo-Saxon reader. In the concluding chapter of his study...

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Introduction

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pp. 16-21

Critical literature on the Bildungsroman has for many years1 followed in the wake of Wilhelm Dilthey's famous definition, derived from his analysis of...

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1. The Bildungsroman as a Genre

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pp. 22-50

Any concern with imaginative literature inevitably confronts one with the thorny problem of genre. University literature departments tend to invoke genre categories when establishing a syllabus of...

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2. Wieland: Agathon (1767)

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pp. 51-69

Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) is one of the most remarkable figures of that period of a few decades which saw the explosive emergence of German literature into full European...

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3. Goethe: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (1795-1796)

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pp. 70-86

Wilhelm Meister, a young man of bourgeois background, has since childhood been fascinated by the theater. So we learn from the beginning of Goethe's novel. As the story opens, we discover...

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4. Stifter: Indian Summer (1857)

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pp. 87-98

Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868) spent his early years in the Bohemian Forest, and it is this landscape which repeatedly informs his novels and stories. In 1818 he began his schooling...

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5. Keller: Green Henry (1879-1880)

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pp. 99-117

Gottfried Keller (1819-1890) lost his father at an early age. His mother maintained the family by letting rooms. Keller attended the local school, but was expelled in 1834, and the injustice...

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6. Mann: The Magic Mountain(1924)

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pp. 118-141

Critical discussion of The Magic Mountain continues with unabated energy. Despite the multiplicity of diverging viewpoints and approaches, however, there is still an approximate consensus...

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7. Hesse: The Glass Bead Game (1943)

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pp. 142-158

Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game closes with a number of short poems and stories which apparently constitute Josef Knecht's posthumous writings. The three stories, or...

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8. Conclusion

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pp. 159-173

The German Bildungsroman represents a remarkable and very special achievement within the overall context of European novel writing after 1770. To Englishspeaking readers...

Excursus:The Bildungsromanas a Taxonomic Genre

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pp. 174-179

PRINCETON ESSAYS IN LITERATURE

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pp. 180-181

Index

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pp. 182-185