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The booklet explores the coming-of-age fiction of 2 of the main significantly acclaimed and often translated modern chinese language authors, Yu Hua and Su Tong; it's the first in-depth book-length treatise in English in regards to the modern chinese language Bildungsroman. even though quite a few person modern chinese language novelists and person works of chinese language fiction have formerly been mentioned lower than the rubric of the Bildungsroman, none of those efforts has approached the extent of complete and comparative research that this e-book brings to the style and its social contexts in modern China. This booklet will pique the pursuits not just of students and scholars of chinese language and comparative literature, but additionally of historians and social scientists with an curiosity within the quarter.

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Swales, The German Bildungsroman from Wieland to Hesse, 29. 22 chapter one end of most Bildungsroman narratives, the young protagonist achieves a reasonable accommodation between the competing priorities of the individual and society. ”43 In the end, the protagonist finally makes peace with his reality. In his article, “The Bildungsroman for Nonspecialists,” Jeffrey Sammons emphasizes the “evolutionary change within the self ”: Bildung is not merely the accumulation of experience, not merely maturation in the form of fictional biography.

T. Press, 1971), 136. 44 Jeffrey L. Sammons, “The Bildungsroman for Nonspecialists: An Attempt at a Clarification,” in Reflection and Action: Essays on the Bildungsroman, 41. 45 Ibid. 46 Swales, The German Bildungsroman from Wieland to Hesse, 34. , 151. 42 bildungsroman as a literary genre 23 The finest characteristic of the typical German, the best-known and also the most flattering to his self-esteem, is his inwardness. It is no accident that it was the Germans who gave to the world the intellectually stimulating and very humane literary form which we call the Bildungsroman.

5. 83 That same year, Sun Jing’s master’s thesis posits that the development of the modern Chinese Bildungsroman amounts to “historic proof of the nation’s modernization . . 85 In these scholarly works, each author develops his own definition of the chengzhang xiaoshuo. These definitions tend to focus mostly on the formal elements of the genre while neglecting the most significant concern of most writers of actual Bildungsroman: complex inwardness. In this study, I define chengzhang xiaoshuo as the Chinese counterpart of the European Bildungsroman.

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