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The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance by Michael (University of Cambridge) Minden

The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance

Part of the Cambridge Studies in German Series


The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance by Michael (University of Cambridge) Minden

This book was originally published in 1997. The Bildungsroman - the story of the development or formation of a young man - is the most famous German contribution to the European novel. Most studies of the Bildungsroman have concentrated on its underlying philosophy; Michael Minden addresses it as literature. He offers detailed readings of some of the best-known novels in the German language, from Goethe to Mann, including Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Agathon, Anton Reiser, Hyperion, Heinrich von Ofterdingen, Der grune Heinrich, Der Nachsommer, and Der Zauberberg. Looking at the novels from the points of view of gender, subjectivity, and the ideology of the aesthetic, and taking account of the literary theory, Minden uncovers aspects and motifs which subvert traditional ideas of the Bildungsroman and raise questions about the function and status of literature.


Minden's challenges of received scholarly perceptions will interest graduate students and specialists studying the various authors and periods.

M. McCulloh, Choice

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Publication date

3rd February 2011


Michael (University of Cambridge) Minden

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Cambridge University Press


304 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: general



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