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Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Michael Bell

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

This book reflects on humanistic education by examining the limits of the teachable in this domain. The Goethean motif of the open secret is not a mystery revealed but an utterance not understood, ... More


Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621736
eISBN:
9780748651740
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book explores the ways in which a range of recent American novelists have handled the genre of the ‘coming-of-age’ novel, or the Bildungsroman. Novels of this genre characteristically dramatise ... More


Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the "Bildungsroman"

Tobias Boes

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451775
eISBN:
9780801465659
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451775.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The Bildungsroman, or “novel of formation,” has long led a paradoxical life within literary studies, having been construed both as a peculiarly German genre, a marker of that country's cultural ... More


Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority

Eleanor Ty

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040887
eISBN:
9780252099380
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040887.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Asianfail examines literary and filmic works by contemporary Asian Americans and Asian Canadians that deal with failure and unhappiness. While the hashtag #Asianfail pokes fun at cultural ... More


‘Turn Again, Dick Whittington!’: Dickens and the Fiction of the City

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Dickens is the one author who embodies the Englishness of novels. He wrote novels that inspired the nation. They were mostly centred in the city. He portrayed ordinary people as heroes. Most of the ... More


Impure Thoughts: Sexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland

Michael G. Cronin

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719086137
eISBN:
9781781704707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719086137.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book studies the twentieth-century Irish Catholic Bildungsroman. This comparative examination of six Irish novelists tracks the historical evolution of a literary genre and its significant role ... More


Introduction: the Pedagogical Circle and the ‘Open Secret’

Michael Bell

in Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

This chapter introduces the central concern of the book: how to recognise and to think cogently about the limits of humanistic pedagogy. It does so by explaining two continuing motifs; the ... More


Imaginary Authority in Rousseau’s Emile

Michael Bell

in Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

This chapter provides an exposition of Rousseau's Emile in relation to the question of pedagogy's intrinsic blindness to the limits of its own authority. In its successive drafts, Rousseau's treatise ... More


Nineteenth-Century English Afterlives

Terence Cave

in Mignon's Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604807
eISBN:
9780191731624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604807.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The chapter begins with Carlyle’s landmark translation of Wilhelm Meister and its preface, which singles Mignon out for lyrical praise. It then passes to Walter Scott’s romance Peveril of the Peak, ... More


Plotting Adoption in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Adoption fiction flourished in the mid-nineteenth century, reflecting a new republican conception of family as a nonhierarchical grouping of individuals whose will to be together is as important as ... More


Charity Begins and Ends at Home: Edith Wharton’s Summer

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Edith Wharton’s Summer (1917) signals the death of romantic myths of adoption and nation building. Rescued from a renegade Mountain community, Charity bears a name ironically referencing acts of ... More


<i>Parvenir</i>: An Introduction

Matthew L. Reznicek

in The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781942954323
eISBN:
9781786944320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954323.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter establishes the need for Irish Studies to look beyond the geo-social space of Ireland. By emphasising the central cultural role Paris plays in nineteenth-century literature, it ... More


Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Elisha Cohn

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190250041
eISBN:
9780190250065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250041.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book rethinks the nineteenth-century aesthetics of agency through the Victorian novel’s fascination with states of reverie, trance, and sleep. These states challenge contemporary scientific and ... More


Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Joseph R. Slaughter

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This study of the historical, ideological, and formal interdependencies of the novel and human rights demonstrates that the twentieth-century rise of world literature and international human rights ... More


Preamble The Legibility of Human Rights

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book is about the legibility of human rights; about the literary, political, and juridical effects of transcribing into international legal conventions what the ancient Greeks regarded as ... More


Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: the Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The United Nations delegates' encryption of Robinson Crusoe within the text of Article 29 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, illustrates something of the historical cooperation between the ... More


Becoming Plots: Human Rights, the Bildungsroman, and the Novelization of Citizenship

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The humanist discourse of human rights risked being overrun by seemingly plotless accounting methods for representing and imagining the contemporary social world and human development. This chapter ... More


Normalizing Narrative Forms of Human Rights: The (Dys)Function of the Public Sphere

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The discussion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) forecasts some of this chapter's arguments about the role of the public sphere in normalizing and naturalizing common sense. The ... More


Introduction

Tobias Boes

in Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the "Bildungsroman"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451775
eISBN:
9780801465659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451775.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. On December 12, 1819, in an auditorium at the University of Dorpat (now Tartu in Estonia), an obscure professor of rhetoric ... More


The Limits of National Form: Normativity and Performativity in Bildungsroman Criticism

Tobias Boes

in Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the "Bildungsroman"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451775
eISBN:
9780801465659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451775.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter expands on the central claims presented in the Introduction. It first examines how traditional Bildungsroman criticism is built on the premise of the protagonist's fulfillment in a ... More


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