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The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture

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Wilhelm Meister, Elizabeth Bennet, Julien Sorel, Rastignac, Jane Eyre, Bazaroz, Dorothea Brooke ... the golden age of the European novel discovers a new collective protagonist: youth. It is problematic and restless youth--"strange" characters, as their own creators often say--arising from the downfall of traditional societies. But even more than that, youth is the symbolic figure for European modernity: that sudden mix of great expectations and lost illusions that the bourgeois world learns to "read", and to accept, as if ...

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The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture
2000, Verso, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781859842980

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The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture
1987, Verso

ISBN-13: 9780860918912

Trade paperback

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