Title: Bildung and the State in the Long Nineteenth Century
Authors: Vermeulen, Pieter ×
de Graef, Ortwin #
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Series Title: Partial Answers vol:10 issue:2 pages:241-250
Abstract: The relations between literature and the political community have figured prominently on the research agenda in the humanities in the last few decades. The tension between political power and its different rhetorical and literary figurations can be productively explored by focusing on the juncture of two prominent nineteenth-century discourses: those relying on notions of Bildung (a term capturing processes of self-development and organic growth) and the state (which often denotes those aspects of power that cannot be couched in a naturalizing rhetoric of the nation or, indeed, Bildung). This forum traces the mobilization of figures of Bildung for the legitimation of political power in the paradigmatic genre of the Bildungsroman as well as in novelistic, biological, utopian, architectural, educational, and journalistic discourses.
ISSN: 1565-3668
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Text and Interpretation, Leuven (-)
× corresponding author
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