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Apprenticeships : The Bildungsroman from Goethe to Santayana - Thomas L. Jeffers

Apprenticeships

The Bildungsroman from Goethe to Santayana

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Novels about growing up have long been loved by ordinary readers and analyzed, sometimes with more heat than light, by scholars. This book respects the interests of ordinary readers while clarifying and frequently resolving the moral, psychological, social, and occasionally religious coming-of-age dilemmas that scholars have wrestled with. Focusing on Goethe's Wilhelm Meister, Dickens's David Copperfield, James's What Maisie Knew, Forster's The Longest Journey, Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, and Santayana's The Last Puritan, Jeffers writes in a fresh, engaging style meant to give criticism a liveliness and even brilliance it has in recent decades often lacked.

"The best criticism offers a renewal of the experience of reading. With extraordinary critical and theoretical savvy, Jeffers helps us rediscover works we have long known, rekindling the excitement of these stories of initiation [and] growth. In modern fiction the Bildungsroman replaced the quest narrative, and Jeffers refreshes our sense of the genre, the evolving apprenticeship novel from Goethe to Santayana, the relish and splendor of these stories of the quest for the self." - Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Brave Enemies

"To come at once to my conclusion: this is a learned, interesting, and engagingly written book" - Jefferson Hunter

Prologue
Goethe's Classical Bildungsroman: Mastering the Art of Living
The Idea of Bildung and the Bildungsroman
David Copperfield's Self-Cultivation
From Pink to Yellow: Growing Up Female in What Maisie Knew and The Portrait of a Lady
Forster's The Longest Journey and "the code of modern morals"
Lawrence's Sons and Lovers: "We children were the in-betweens"
The Philosophical Apprenticeship of Oliver Alden
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9781403966070
ISBN-10: 1403966079
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1