Eva Blome, Patrick Eiden-Offe, Manfred Weinberg
December 22, 2010
The article aims at a revision of the term ›class‹ and its theoretical history that is informed both by cultural theory and literary concepts. The new understanding of ›class‹ is connected with the German idea of Bildung . The literary historical relevance of the resulting offspring Klassen-Bildung is then applied to the genres of the German Bildungsroman and autobiography. Finally, we take a look at recent developments in social history that disclose a strong convergence towards our research initiative.