The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance

by Michael (University of Cambridge) Minden

Part of the Cambridge Studies in German Series

The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance Synopsis

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.

The German Bildungsroman Incest and Inheritance Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521495738
Publication date: 17th April 1997
Author: Michael (University of Cambridge) Minden
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: general,

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