The modernist transformation of Bildungsroman
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Bildungsroman as a genre appears in the Enlightenment period and functions in the Modernist period as well. This particular genre narrates the initiation to adult life. The ritual of transformation from childhood to adulthood is the constituent moment of the Bildung of the Bildungsroman genre. This thesis examines the transformation of the Bildungsroman genre in the Modernist period, as presented in Bely’s novel Kotik Letaev and in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man. I discuss how the protagonists of the Modern Bildungsroman undergo a necessary transformation in the context of their society.