The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture

@inproceedings{Moretti1987TheWO,
  title={The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture},
  author={F. Moretti},
  year={1987}
}
Willhelm Meister, Elizabeth Bennet, Julian 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… Expand
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