Bildungsroman

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

Bildungsroman (plural Bildungsromans or Bildungsromane)

  1. Alternative capitalization of bildungsroman.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɪl.dʊŋs.ʀoˈmaːn]

Noun[edit]

Bildungsroman m (genitive Bildungsromans, plural Bildungsromane)

  1. A bildungsroman, a novel of personal maturation.

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