Bildungsroman

January 31, 2012

In literary criticism, a bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre, which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood; thus character development becomes extremely important. This image is from Marjane Satrapi’s graphic narrative work Persepolis.

What triggered your growth from youth to adulthood? I’ve been wondering about this question for many years – my Masters thesis was partly about individuation. At this point in my life the things that have changed and affected me the most have been romantic relationships. That’s where I have gone to fall and ultimately resurrect. For others I am sure tragic catalysts come in all forms: death, loss of innocence, abandonment, fear, loneliness etc. Ultimately those dark places are what propel you to crawl forward into the proverbial light.