The Bildungsroman Around the World (undergrad common ground course)





Established by Goethe at the end of the eighteenth century, the genre of the Bildungsroman (or novel of education) has since travelled around the world. This course will explore its appearance in Victorian Britain, in the mid-twentieth-century United States, and in post-independence Africa, focusing on the new forms that the genre takes as it enters new cultures and interacts with their existing literary traditions. The course will conclude with a look at the Bildungsroman of the present day.

Novels to include: Adichie's Half of a Yellow Son, Brontë's Jane Eyre, Cather's My Antonia, Dengaremba's Nervous Conditions, Dickens's Great Expectations, Ellison's Invisible Man, Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Kunkel's Indecision, and Ngugi's Weep Not, Child.