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or Bil·dungs·ro·man  (bĭl′do͝ongz-rō-män′, -do͝ongks-)
A novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character.

[German : Bildung, formation (from Middle High German bildunge, from Old High German bildunga, from bilidōn, to shape, from bilōdi, form, shape) + Roman, novel (from French, a story in the vernacular, novel; see roman).]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development
[literally: education novel]


(ˈbɪl dʊŋz roʊˌmɑn, -dʊŋks-)

a novel dealing with the maturation of its protagonist.
[1905–10; < German]


A German word meaning education novel, used to mean a novel about a person’s formative experiences.
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In a bildungs roman way, the story of his youth is backfilled in two earlier films written by Nolot and directed by Andre Techine--La Matiouette [1983] and J' embrasse pas [I Don't Kiss, 1991]--which encompass his flight from his rural birthplace, his arrival in Paris after living rough in the provinces, his life as a young gigolo whose clientele included Roland Barthes, and his first return home, hair tinted blond, at the age of twenty two, in a Mercedes convertible: "a malicious pleasure of provocation," according to Nolot.
The three parts chart Lesjak's genealogy chronologically and conceptually from Victorian Realism to the Bildungs roman and finally through to late Victorian and fin de siecle utopian fiction.