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Bildungsroman vs. Picaresque

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Bildungsromannoun

A novel tracing the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character, usually from childhood to maturity.

Picaresqueadjective

Of or pertaining to adventurers or rogues.

Bildungsroman

In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman (German pronunciation: [ˈbɪldʊŋs.ʁoˌmaːn], plural Bildungsromane, German pronunciation: [ˈbɪldʊŋs.ʁoˌmaːnə]) is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from childhood to adulthood (coming of age), in which character change is important. The term comes from the German words Bildung (, alternatively ) and Roman ().

‘education’; ‘forming’; ‘novel’;

Picaresqueadjective

(literature) Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero.

Picaresquenoun

(literature) A picaresque novel.

Picaresqueadjective

Applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer.

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Picaresqueadjective

involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction;

‘picaresque novels’; ‘waifs of the picaresque tradition’; ‘a picaresque hero’;

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