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Jennifer Fleissner, "Vitalizing the Bildungsroman"

February 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Voorhies 126
Jennifer Fleissner, “Vitalizing the Bildungsroman”
The novel-length Bildungsroman is most often understood to narrate an individual’s initiation into social life, but Fleissner instead recovers the form’s roots in eighteenth-century vitalist theories of animal and plant development. Her talk will explore conflicting strands within these theories and their relevance for contemporary “neovitalisms” in theory today, before briefly considering as a test case of a “vitalist Bildungsroman” the New England writer Elizabeth Stoddard’s brilliant and under-read 1862 novel The Morgesons.
This event is sponsored by English Department Speaker Series
For more information please contact: tmenely@ucdavis.edu


February 15, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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