chapter  3
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A Mature Genre: Ageing Processes in the Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman

If one takes the story of an individual’s development as a model for literary histories, then the nineteenth century is the century in which the English novel reaches its maturity (Terry Eagleton 94). The Bildungsroman is the genre in which this ‘midlife’ is most fittingly expressed (Said 5).