The Bildungsroman: form and transformations

http://bildungsroman.org

A conference hosted by the Novel Network at the University of Sydney,
22-25 November 2018

This conference will explore the past and present condition of the Bildungsroman, with its myriad transformations and diversifications not only in the novel proper but also in memoir, film and long-form television. It will bring together exciting work in disciplines often separated by periodising and disciplinary paradigms and gather experts in prose fiction, film and television from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a range of language areas to concentrate on this key narrative form. The novel of the emotional and social development or formation of a young person as they learn to make their way in an often hostile world, the Bildungsroman ­was a key form taken by the European novel from the early 19th century. How has it made its way across transhistorical formations and transgeneric remediations?

Keynotes:
Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English, Duke
Joseph Litvak, Professor of English and Chair of Department, Tufts
Katie Trumpener, Emily Sandford Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Yale

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and single text discussion sessions, on the following or other related topics. The panel format will involve pre-submission of the paper to ensure closer audience engagement with its arguments:

  • Theory and the bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman, the künstlerroman, the erziehungsroman: overlaps and distinctions
  • The origins of the bildungsroman
  • The contemporary bildungsroman
  • The female bildungsroman
  • The queer bildungsroman
  • Gender in the bildungsroman
  • Narrative theory and the bildungsroman
  • Psychology and the bildungsroman
  • The postcolonial bildungsroman
  • The coming of age film as bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman and television
  • The Bildungsroman and the city
  • Transnationalism and the bildungsroman
  • Memoir and the bildungsroman
  • The anti-bildungsroman
  • The eco-bildungsroman

200 word abstracts should be emailed by June 15 to vanessa.smith@sydney.edu.au.

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