The Bildungsroman in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Ideology And Nationhood - Essay

Joke Kardux (essay date 1992)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kardux, Joke. “The Politics of Genre, Gender, and Canon-Formation: The Early American Bildungsroman and Its Subversions.” In Rewriting the Dream: Reflections on the Changing American Literary Canon, edited by W. M. Verhoeven, pp. 177-201. Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Atlanta, Ga.: Rodopi, 1992.

[In the following essay, Kardux maintains that eighteenth-century social changes that altered family relationships made the nineteenth century uniquely suited for the burgeoning Bildungsroman genre in both Europe and the United States. Kardux also states that Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is the prototypical American Bildungsroman, and examines how works by...

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Patricia E. Johnson (essay date spring 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Johnson, Patricia E. “Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South: A National Bildungsroman.The Victorian Newsletter 85 (spring 1994): 1-9.

[In the following essay, Johnson examines North and South as a Bildungsroman in which the characters Margaret and Thornton achieve maturity by revising their ideologies of class and gender.]

The authoress never seems distinctly to have made up her mind as to what she was to do; whether to describe the habits and manners of Yorkshire and its social aspects in the days of King Lud, or to paint character, or to tell a love story.

Thus George Henry...

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Marc Redfield (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Redfield, Marc. “The Phantom Bildungsroman.” In Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman, pp. 38-62. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1996.

[In the following essay, Redfield studies the concept of Bildung and the paradoxes of literary Bildung, maintaining that the complications of the Bildungsroman genre stem from its aesthetic ideology.]

For the being of Geist has an essential connection with the idea of Bildung.

—Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method

Among the challenges the modern novel offers to genre...

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Chris Ann Matteo (essay date summer 2000)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Matteo, Chris Ann. “Le grande jeu and the Great Game: The Politics of Play in Walter Scott's Waverley and Rudyard Kipling's Kim.Journal of Narrative Theory 30, no. 2 (summer 2000): 163-86.

[In the following essay, Matteo suggests that Waverley and Kim are Bildungsromane that portray the development of not only a protagonist, but also of the British Empire in its colonial subjugation of Scotland (in Waverly) and India (in Kim). Matteo contends that both novels use games as metaphors for the gain or loss of power of individuals and nations.]

Although nearly a full century divides Waverley's...

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