Auto/Biographical Work as Bildung.

Chapman, J., 2014. Auto/Biographical Work as Bildung. Auto/Biographical Yearbook 2013, 114 - 130.

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Abstract

Bildung is a concept central to auto/biography. It can best be translated as ‘educative self-formation’ and describes the importance of the life-narrative as a vehicle for self-discovery, self-understanding and self-development. Although, since its emergence in the German Enlightenment, the concept has received wide attention in the social philosophy literature it has not had extensive consideration in contemporary auto/biographical work. In this article I wish to i) introduce the concept of Bildung; ii) apply the concept to historical figures from my own doctoral research; iii) reflect upon my own educative self-formation as a result of exploring Bildung and offer some discussion of the relationship between studying the life stories of others and one’s own development.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2040-2996
Uncontrolled Keywords:Auto/Biography ; Bildung ; Narrative ; Learning
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:21393
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Aug 2014 11:40
Last Modified:02 Sep 2014 14:42

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