Rebuilding Bildung: The Novel of Aesthetic Education

  title={Rebuilding Bildung: The Novel of Aesthetic Education},
  author={T. Perrin},
Near the start of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, the protagonist Therese reaches for the book that her boyfriend Richard has been “anxious for her to read,” James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.1 “How anyone could have read Gertrude Stein without reading any Joyce, Richard said, he didn’t know” (PS, 30). By the end of Highsmith’s story, however, Joyce’s novel remains significantly unread, its narrative of a young artist who renounces mainstream society in… Expand
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