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Bildungsroman: a noun

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From German Bildungsroman, from Bildung, from bildunge, from bildunga, from bilidon (“to shape”), from bilodi (“form, shape”), + Roman (“novel”), from French, roman (“novel”). Hence "novel of education" or "novel of formation".

German term coined c. 1820 by Johann Carl Simon Morgenstern; titled an 1820 text Über das Wesen des Bildungsromans.


bildungsroman (plural bildungsromans or bildungsromane)

1.A novel tracing the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character, usually from childhood to maturity.

Also see the page [ Coming of age ]


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