Moretti, Franco, 1950-

The way of the world : the Bildungsroman in European culture / Franco Moretti ; translated by Albert Sbragia. - New ed. - London ; New York : Verso, 2000. - xiii, 274 pages ; 24 cm

"First published in English by Verso 1987"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-271) and index.

Preface: Twenty Years Later -- Introduction: The Bildungsroman as Symbolic Form -- The Comfort of Civilization -- The Ring of Life -- The Rhetoric of Happiness -- Anti-Robinson -- Aesthetic Education -- The Art of Living -- Personality -- Trial, Opportunity, Episode -- Conversation -- 'Inevitable evils' -- The Sociology of Prejudice -- Symbol and Interpretation -- Escape from Freedom -- Of Necessity, Virtue -- Waterloo Story -- Politics as Destiny? -- 'The uniform of my generation' -- Homo Clausus -- Bovarysm, Disavowal, Bad Faith -- The Age of Ideals -- 'That's the way of the world' -- Reality principle, realism, irony -- The Automaton's Rights -- 'A parody, perhaps ... ' -- Socialization Rejected -- 'A certain amount of impudence' -- Streben -- 'All ties cast off' -- Unhappy Ending -- Irony and Irrationality -- The Fall of Wisdom -- The Waterloo Paradox -- The World of Prose -- Parvenir -- In Fashion -- The Balzacian Narrator (I): 'Nothing is hidden from me' -- The Balzacian Narrator (II): 'At a time like this it would be a wonderful spectacle ... ' -- Capitalism and Narration -- Fifty Thousand Young Men. One Hundred Thousand Novels -- On the Genesis of Tolerance -- 'Narration' -- Balzac At His Very Worst -- The World of Prose -- Dialectics of Desire -- 'And in return, what do you hope to take?' -- Forever Young? -- The Conspiracy of the Innocents -- The Confinement of Youth -- The White and the Black -- Very Common Persons -- Anthropological Garden -- 'In this enlightened age ... ' -- The Devil's Party.

"The Way of the World interprets the Bildungsroman as the great cultural mediator of nineteenth-century Europe: a form which explores the many strange compromises between revolution and restoration, economic take-off and aesthetic pleasure, individual autonomy and social normality. This new edition includes an additional final chapter on the collapse of the Bildungsroman in the years around the First World War (a crisis which opened the way for Modernist experiments), and a new preface in which the author looks back at The Way of the World in the light of his more recent work."--Jacket.


Translated from the Italian.

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1800-1899


Bildungsromans.
Psychological fiction--History and criticism.
Fiction--History and criticism.--19th century
Maturation (Psychology) in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Heroes in literature.
Bildungsromans.
Fiction.
Heroes in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Maturation (Psychology) in literature.
Psychological fiction.
Historia.

Fiction in European languages, 1800-1900. Bildungsromane - Critical studies


Bildungsromans.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bildungsromans.

PN3448.B54 / M67 2000

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