The Self Extraction of the Best Self

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This article studies of the rise and fall of the Bildungsroman genre in Victorian fiction, but does so with a particular focus on the kinds of fiction that replaced it in the later Victorian period. Bildungsroman fiction has had a strong influence on the way English is analysed in university settings, but such analysis hinders our appreciation of the distinct values of genre fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVictorian Cultures of Liminality
Subtitle of host publicationBorders and Margins
EditorsAmina Alyal, Susan Anderson, Rosemary Mitchell
Place of PublicationNewcastle
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781527508637, 1527508633
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018


  • Bildungsroman
  • genre fiction


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