Bildungs Romance : East European Jews and the Desire for Education

Bildungs Romance : East European Jews and the Desire for Education T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 3 (Summer 2016) 419­426 E L I YA N A R . A D L E R Penn State University T H E GE N R E O F TH E BI L D UN G SR O M A N is so widely recognized that my spell check program passed over it with no complaint. We are all familiar with the novels of growth, maturation, individuation, and education in its broadest sense that fit into this category of literature. Many autobiographies, especially those written in a literary style or with other gestures toward literature, might also be considered as part of the genre. As Marcus Moseley has demonstrated, Rousseau's confessional model has been hugely influential in the reading and writing of autobiography generally, as well as in the European Jewish community of letters.1 This essay seeks to define two autobiographies written on the margins of that community, not so much as bildungsroman but as bildungs romance. The original German term literally means a novel of education, but of course bildung, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Bildungs Romance : East European Jews and the Desire for Education

Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 106 (3) – Sep 9, 2016

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T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 3 (Summer 2016) 419­426 E L I YA N A R . A D L E R Penn State University T H E GE N R E O F TH E BI L D UN G SR O M A N is so widely recognized that my spell check program passed over it with no complaint. We are all familiar with the novels of growth, maturation, individuation, and education in its broadest sense that fit into this category of literature. Many autobiographies, especially those written in a literary style or with other gestures toward literature, might also be considered as part of the genre. As Marcus Moseley has demonstrated, Rousseau's confessional model has been hugely influential in the reading and writing of autobiography generally, as well as in the European Jewish community of letters.1 This essay seeks to define two autobiographies written on the margins of that community, not so much as bildungsroman but as bildungs romance. The original German term literally means a novel of education, but of course bildung,

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Published: Sep 9, 2016

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