In this Book

summary

Marc Redfield maintains that the literary genre of the Bildungsroman brings into sharp focus the contradictions of aesthetics, and also that aesthetics exemplifies what is called ideology. He combines a wide-ranging account of the history and theory of aesthetics with close readings of novels by Goethe, George Eliot, and Gustave Flaubert. For Redfield, these fictions of character formation demonstrate the paradoxical relation between aesthetics and literature: the notion of the Bildungsroman may be expanded to apply to any text that can be figured as a subject producing itself in history, which is to say any text whatsoever. At the same time, the category may be contracted to include only a handful of novels, (or even none at all), a paradox that has led critics to denigrate the Bildungsroman as a phantom genre.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. open access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. open access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. open access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 1 Aesthetic Ideology
  2. pp. 1-37
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 2 The Phantom Bildungsroman
  2. pp. 38-62
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 3 Ghostly Bildung: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
  2. pp. 63-94
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 4 The Dissection of the State: Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre and the Politics of Aesthetics
  2. pp. 95-124
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. Postscript: The Trouble with Schiller
  2. pp. 125-133
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 5 The Aesthetics of Sympathy: George Eliot's Telepathy Machine
  2. pp. 134-170
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 6 Aesthetics and History: L'Education sentimentale
  2. pp. 171-200
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. 7 Conclusions
  2. pp. 201-214
  3. open access View | Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-220
  3. open access View | Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9781501723179
Related ISBN
9781501723186
MARC Record
OCLC
1057670301
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.