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Tragic And Parodistic Bildungsroman

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This chapter demonstrates that the coming-of age fiction by Su Tong and Yu Hua are not only tragic, but also parodistic, both within the context of earlier modern Chinese chengzhang xiaoshuo and with respect to the traditional European Bildungsroman. It illustrates the tragic and parodistic implications of Su Tong's and Yu Hua's coming-of-age fiction from two angles. Firstly, the chapter demonstrates how Su Tong's and Yu Hua's narratives differentiate themselves from the coming-of-age fiction written by earlier Chinese writers by reviving the autonomy, subjectivity, and individuality of the protagonist. Secondly, it refers the two authors' fiction to the theoretical corpus of the Bildungsroman by examining their similarities and differences with traditional Bildungsroman fiction. In so doing, the chapter explores the interaction between the literary genre and individual Chinese literary work, demonstrating how Su Tong's and Yu Hua's narratives enrich the Bildungsroman literary genre.

Keywords: Bildungsroman; Chinese chengzhang xiaoshuo; coming-of-age fiction; Su Tong; Yu Hua



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