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The German Bildungsroman: History of a Genre

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This book provides an historical overview of criticism of the Bildungsroman from the late 18th century to the present. Although written for scholars of the German novel it will also be of interest to scholars in other literatures. The genre of the Bildungsroman includes some of the greatest German novels yet its definition is considerably less obvious than imagined by the majority of scholars and students who use the term. The book rejects the notion that criticism seeks to elucidate the timeless values of ...
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This book provides an historical overview of criticism of the Bildungsroman from the late 18th century to the present. Although written for scholars of the German novel it will also be of interest to scholars in other literatures. The genre of the Bildungsroman includes some of the greatest German novels yet its definition is considerably less obvious than imagined by the majority of scholars and students who use the term. The book rejects the notion that criticism seeks to elucidate the timeless values of classics, and moves toward the analysis of the cultural and historical factors that shape the reception of a text, genre, or author in successive generations of readers.
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"His work fills an important niche in the history of literary criticism. . .and sheds light on a wealth of critical perspective, everything from entrenched conservative positions that insist on the primacy of the classical canon, to ideological treatises and post-structuralism." SEMINAR"Kontje's work is ... judicious and balanced." JAHRBUCH DES WIENER GOETHE-VEREINS
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A historical overview of criticism on the German literary genre from the late 18th century to the present. Considers the cultural and historical factors that shaped contemporary reactions to such works as Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the identification of the genre with German nationalism and the effect of the fascist period on criticism, and its spread into world literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Bildung and the German Novel 1774-1848 1
Theories of Bildung 1
The Beginnings of Bildungsroman Theory 7
Liberal Critics and Wilhelm Meister's Legacy 13
2 Ideology and the German Bildungsroman 1848-1945 23
3 Postwar Critics and the German Bildungsroman 44
Return to Goethe 44
Questioning the Legacy: Criticism in the 1960s 50
Taking Stock: Kohn and Jacobs Survey the Bildungsroman 60
Reception Theory and Ideology Critique in the 1970s 62
The German Bildungsroman in the English-Speaking World 69
4 New Directions in Bildungsroman Criticism 77
Social History and the Bildungsroman 77
Taking Stock Again: Recent Surveys 86
Poststructuralism, Psychoanalysis, and the Bildungsroman 92
Gender and Genre in the Bildungsroman 103
Conclusion 110
Works Discussed 113
Works Cited 116
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