Of ends and endings: Teleological and variational models of romantic narrative


Journal Article

This essay sketches the antithesis between a teleological and a variational model of development (Bildung) in nineteenth-century thought, with a particular focus on narrative. I argue that, in the course of that century, the initially dynamic logic of Bildung is gradually vanquished by an institutional model that shifts away from Goethe's contingent, open-ended logic of development and towards a notion of Bildung as the virtual and soon canonical property of information.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pfau, T

Published Date

  • April 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 231 - 241

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1740-4657

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-9585

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10509580701297984

Citation Source

  • Scopus