bildungsroman

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Bildungsroman, from Bildung (education, formation) +‎ -s- +‎ Roman (novel).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.dʊŋzˌɹoʊ.mən/, /ˈbɪl.dʊŋz.ɹoʊˌmɑːn/

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.
    • 2016 January 25, Adam Kirsch, “What’s great about Goethe?”, in The New Yorker:
      English speakers are more hospitable to fiction in translation, and yet when was the last time you heard someone mention “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship” or “Elective Affinities,” Goethe’s long fictions? These books have a good claim to have founded two of the major genres of the modern novel—respectively, the Bildungsroman and the novel of adultery.
    • 2020, Frederick Amrine, Goethe and the Myth of the Bildungsroman: Rethinking the Wilhelm Meister Novels, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN), page 2:
      Goethe's honorific assignment to the vanguard of a uniquely German novelistic tradition of the bildungsroman simultaneously places him outside the mainstream of the development of the novel.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Bildungsroman.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.duŋs.roːˌmɑn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bil‧dungs‧ro‧man

Noun[edit]

bildungsroman m (plural bildungsromans, diminutive bildungsromannetje n)

  1. bildungsroman

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Bildungsroman.

Noun[edit]

bildungsroman n (plural bildungsromane)

  1. bildungsroman

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bildungsroman m (plural bildungsromans)

  1. bildungsroman