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Critical Essay by Jeffrey L. Sammons

SOURCE: Sammons, Jeffrey L. “The Mystery of the Missing Bildungsroman, or: What Happened to Wilhelm Meister's Legacy?” Genre 14, no. 2 (summer 1981): 229-46.

In the following essay, Sammons questions the very existence of a Bildungsroman genre, contending that only—at most—four novels conform to Bildungsroman conventions.

If a person interested in literary matters commands as many as a dozen words of German, one of them is likely to be: Bildungsroman. And what this person is likely to know about the term is that it denominates a novel genre particular if not exclusive to Germany in the nineteenth century; moreover, he will think of it as a binary term, distinguishing the characteristic German novel from the more familiar English, French, and American traditions of the same time. Here is an example illustrating the...

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