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Author Amrine, Frederick, 1952- author.

Title Goethe and the myth of the Bildungsroman : rethinking the Wilhelm Meister novels / Frederick Amrine
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (vii, 210 pages)
Contents Rethinking the Bildungsroman -- The picaresque novel : Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship II-VI -- The comic novel : Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship I, VII and VIII -- Interlude : the "sick prince" -- The romance : Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman years
Summary Goethe's Willhelm Meister novels, widely held to be the most significant and influential in all of German literature, have traditionally been classed as Bildungsroman, or 'novels of formation'. In Goethe and the Myth of Bildungsroman, Frederick Amrine offers a unique reading of Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre and Wilhelm Meister's Wanderjahre, which posits the second novel as a sequel to the first. Deconstructing and jettisoning the notion of the Bildungsroman, the features of the novels which have historically proved problematic for critics, seeming to testify to the novels' disunity, become instead the articulation points of a subtle concord between thematic and formal elements. Reading the novels in light of the eminent criticism of Northrop Frye, this book productively shifts away from social commentary towards the archetypal and symbolic, showing Goethe not to be an exception within world literature; rather, that he participates deeply in its overarching structures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 -- Criticism and interpretation
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
SUBJECT Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von) fast
Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre (Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von) fast
Subject Bildungsromans, German -- History and criticism
Bildungsromans, German
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108787321