Wonder Boys and the Neo-Existentialist Bildungsroman

By Laurie Petrou.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The connection between midlife and Bildungsroman in contemporary fiction, demonstrating a kind of neo-existentialism that reflects contemporary culture, using Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys as proof of this phenomenon.

Keywords: Short Fiction, Existentialism, Bildungsroman, Midlife

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.101-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.633MB).

Prof Laurie Petrou

Laurie is a writer and artist teaching at Ryerson University. She has recently written a book of short fiction called Between (Pedlar Press). The book coinsides with her current research focus and the completion of her PhD. The focus is on the connection between midlife and traditional Bildungsroman in contemporary fiction and how this suggests a kind of neo-existentialism reflective of a culture of increasing loneliness and individualism. Laurie's book is a creative response to both the theory and practice of such writing. Additionally, as she is an artist/designer, Laurie is interested in graphic novels, and expects to develop one in future. She has a background in the Fine arts and has shown her work in Canada and internationally.

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