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Formative fictions : nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman

Author: Tobias Boes
Publisher: Ithaca (N.Y.) : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2012.
Series: Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Boes argues that the dual status of the Bildungsroman renders this novelistic form an elegant way to negotiate the diverging critical discourses surrounding national and world literature.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tobias Boes
ISBN: 9780801478031 0801478030 9780801451775 0801451779
OCLC Number: 866817595
Description: X-201 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The limits of national form : normativity and performativity in Bildungsroman criticism ; Apprenticeship of the novel : Goethe and the invention of history ; Epigonal consciousness : Stendhal, Immermann, and the "problem of generations" around 1830 ; Long-distance fantasies : Freytag, Eliot, and national literature in the age of empire ; Urban vernaculars : Joyce, Döblin, and the "individuating rhythm" of modernity ; Conclusion : apocalipsis cum figuris : Thomas Mann and the Bildungsroman at the ends of time.
Series Title: Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Tobias Boes.
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"By reinserting less well-studied German examples into a history of the genre, Boes resists turning plots into theoretical self-descriptions. His approach allows the genre the freedom of its Read more...

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