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Bildungsroman/Chengzhang Xiaoshuo As A Literary Genre

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When we study an individual work through the lens of one specific literary genre, the first question we confront is the applicability of this genre to the work under discussion, especially when the individual work is in a different socio-historical setting from where the genre originally emerged. This chapter traces the history of Bildungsroman and its Chinese counterpart chengzhang xiaoshuo. It first explores the origin and development of the Bildungsroman as a literary genre, reviews its principal thematic concerns, and responds to some crucial questions that have been raised in the writings of such scholars as M. M. Bakhtin, Martin Swale, Franco Moretti, Jerome Buckley, Jeffrey Sammons, and Fritz Martini. Next, the chapter fleshes out the term chengzhang xiaoshuo and outlines its importance in modern and contemporary Chinese literature.

Keywords: Bildungsroman; chengzhang xiaoshuo; Chinese literature; literary genre



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