Bildungsroman

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Among the books that you have read, is there one that you think would fit in the Bildungsroman classification? Explain why it is a Bildungsroman, citing its characteristic features.

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Research the sociopolitical climate of Germany in 1795 and then describe how this climate may or may not have influenced the birth of the Bildungsroman genre.

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List several German authors and their works that continued the tradition of the Bildungsroman in their country in the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries.

Find an example of a Bildungsroman in a culture not traditionally associated with the genre, e.g., a Japanese, Indian, or Chinese work, and explain how this work is a version of the Bildungsroman in that culture.

Explain how the Bildungsroman is similar to a psychological novel or a picaresque. Provide definitions of the genres and give examples of representative works.

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