Ch 16: International Bildungsromans

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you will learn what the bildungsromans genre is and look at in-depth summaries of various stories from different parts of the world. Enjoy learning about this fun topic from the comfort of your own home with our online lessons.

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:

For more world literature courses, select the Literature box under the English section.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 220 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.