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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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Fraiman referring to Buckley (17) who opines that "at least two love affairs or sexual encounters, one debasing, one exalting" are potent markers of male Bildungsromane.
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In his discussion of the literary and legal narratives of human rights, Joseph Slaughter introduces the term "literary human-itarianism" to describe "the Western desire for Bildungsromane of the non-Western other that is enacted through book markets" (314).
It was widely spread, since beyond the openly "evolutionary" novels, many others were Bildungsromane in disguise, for instance, a number of the historical novels of Scott and social novels of Thackeray.
For example, in Bildungsromane such as Disraeli's Coningsby and Eliot's Daniel Deronda, the hero marries the sister of his dearest male friend and political collaborator; while in other examples, such as Pendennis or the Eugene Wraybum plot of Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, the hero's marriage is eventually arranged by his male domestic partner.
First, as Morgan already discussed in 1996, the Greek novels are not usually presented as Bildungsromane, apart from Longus' Daphnis and Chloe.
The existential aspects of the novels and the progressive metamorphosis of the characters from ignorance to cognition aptly illustrate that the three novels purposively selected for analysis are Bildungsromane, novels of growth and education, and that one of the major determinants of a successful narrative of growth is change.
To coin a new term akin to Bildungsromane and Kuntsleromane, they might be called Fortpflanzungsromane, propagation stories;8 their distinguishing mark is that they begin--reproductively speaking--in medias res or post res: it is always already too late to change the generative dynamic outlined in the first pages.
Tom McCarthy's C begins as all good Bildungsromane must, with a child born, like David Copperfield, with a caul, and named, appropriately enough for this novel concerned with the early days of electronic communication networks, Serge ("surge") Carrefax.
Ambos recursos complejizan la construccion de estos Bildungsromane en un gesto que se hace cargo de la actual problematica respecto al valor y los limites de la memoria individual en lo referente a la construccion de identidades etnicas.
Tracing personal expansion; reading selected novels as modern African Bildungsromane.
inhibits the development of novels into full-fledged Bildungsromane.