Reconstructing Childhood: Strategies of Reading for Culture and Gender in the Spanish American Bildungsroman Julia A. Kushigian

ISBN: 9780838755228

Published: March 1st 2003

Hardcover

267 pages


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Reconstructing Childhood: Strategies of Reading for Culture and Gender in the Spanish American Bildungsroman  by  Julia A. Kushigian

Reconstructing Childhood: Strategies of Reading for Culture and Gender in the Spanish American Bildungsroman by Julia A. Kushigian
March 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 267 pages | ISBN: 9780838755228 | 4.22 Mb

This study argues for a critique of the grand narrative of coming of age, the Bildungsroman, which advocates the cultivating, making, and molding of the self in its youthful development. Reconstructing Childhood contends that the Bildungsroman is anMoreThis study argues for a critique of the grand narrative of coming of age, the Bildungsroman, which advocates the cultivating, making, and molding of the self in its youthful development.

Reconstructing Childhood contends that the Bildungsroman is an important tool to renovate and challenge cultural scripts despite its eighteenth-century roots and that contemporary criticism which dismantles its approach. It argues, however, that childhood be reconceived by rescuing the nuanced qualities of the Bildung process, a process predicated on the ability of culture and gender to correct the absolute status of perceived Bildung.

The strength of this study is that it presents diverse strategies to revive and value alternative forms of growth and development in Spanish American literature. Its objective is to propose paradigms based primarily on a reconfigured examination of gender and culture as more satisfying and humanizing formational markers for development than the more common biological/psychological approach to coming of age.



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