About This Chapter
International Bildungsromans Chapter Summary
The bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, is one of the most prevalent genres in world literature. Several important stories from around the world are analyzed in this chapter, and each individual lesson is devoted to a different vein of analysis. Stories and areas of analysis in this chapter include:
- The Story of an African Farm and feminism
- The Story of an African Farm themes and characters
- Characters and important quotes in The Magic Mountain
- About the author of The Magic Mountain
- Summary and analysis of We Need New Names
- Discussion questions for We Need New Names
All lessons are taught by experts with years of teaching experience, and this chapter and its lessons are excellent supplementary learning resources for our other literature courses. A list of other world literature courses can be found below.
How to Use this Chapter
This chapter is designed to deepen your understanding of bildungsromans, expose you to international bildungsromans, and give you the tools to critically analyze works that fall into this genre. The lessons within can be viewed in any order, and you can stop and start at your convenience, giving you a great deal of flexibility in how you study. If you feel that you're stuck and need assistance, you can use the Dashboard tool to ask your questions to an expert in the field, so even if you hit an obstacle in your studying you can always get outside help.
Courses that this chapter pairs well with include:
- Survey of African American Literature
- English 301: Non-Western Literature
- World Literature and Authors
- English 101: English Literature
- English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
- Persepolis Study Guide
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Study Guide
For more world literature courses, select the Literature box under the English section.
1. The Magic Mountain: Summary & Author
The Magic Mountain is a story of psychological growth and adherence to life even in the face of death. Thomas Mann's work is set in a Switzerland tuberculosis sanitorium. Keep reading to follow his hero on a journey of life through death.
2. We Need New Names Discussion Questions
'We Need New Names' is a coming of age novel by NoViolet Bulawayo about a young girl from Zimbabwe who emigrates to the United States. Themes of identity, loss, and the American dream are explored.
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Other chapters within the Survey of World Literature course
- European Epic Poetry
- Epic Poetry of the World
- Epic Poetry of America & the UK
- Ancient Greek & Roman Literature
- Drama of the 20th & 21st Century
- British Drama
- The Works of Agatha Christie
- The Works of Ken Follett
- Contemporary Mystery Novels
- 20th Century Mystery Novels
- The Works of D.H. Lawrence
- The Works of John Irving
- The Works of Langston Hughes
- American Bildungsromans
- British Bildungsromans
- International Historical Fiction
- Contemporary American Nonfiction
- Magical Realism in Fiction