Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Comparative Literature

First Advisor

Anglica Duran

Committee Member 1

Marcia Stephenson

Committee Member 2

Cara Kinnally


The Bildungsroman is a genre of the novel that portrays a process of identification by which heroes construct their identities based on the cultural signs, symbols, and practices in their social environments. The end of the process, in its most traditional iteration, illustrates the ideal subject of the fictionalized society. This traditional iteration corresponds to the German white middle class of the late 18th Century. Produced and consumed by the Bourgeoisie, these novels followed the coming-of-age processes of boys who became respected adults who embodied the values and practices of the middle class.