bildungsroman

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Bildungsroman, 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".

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.dʊŋz.roʊˈmaːn/

Noun[edit]

bildungsroman (plural bildungsromans or bildungsromane)

  1. A novel tracing the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character, usually from childhood to maturity.

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