Table of Contents

Bildung and the Bildungsroman.
The Bildungsroman retailored: Carlyle and Goethe.
The Bildungsroman assimilated: Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Ernest Maltravers and Alice.
The Bildungsroman as foil: George Meredith's The ordeal of Richard Feverel and The adventures of Harry Richmond.
The "Philistines' nets": George Eliot's Middlemarch.
Regeneration in German keys: George Eliot's Daniel Deronda.
Infidel novels.
Pessimism and its "overcoming": Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
Prussianized Germany and the second Weimar Germany.