Journeys of Formation

The Spanish American "Bildungsroman</I>

by Yolanda A. Doub (Author)
©2010 Monographs VIII, 109 Pages


Ideal for students of modern Latin American literature, Journeys of Formation: The Spanish American ‘Bildungsroman’ offers a lucid introduction to the Bildungsroman as a genre before revealing how the journey motif works as both a plot-forming device and as a means of characterization in several of the most canonical Spanish American Bildungsromane. In the process, the author demonstrates the overlooked importance of the travel motif in this genre. Although present in the vast majority of Bildungsromane, if the journey is discussed at all by critics it tends to be in superficial terms. The author contends that no discussion of the Spanish American novel of formation would be complete without an exploration of travel. Yolanda A. Doub articulates the role of travel as a catalyst in the formation process of young male and female protagonists by examining in detail six representative novels from three different countries and time periods – from Argentina: Ricardo Güiraldes’s Don Segundo Sombra (1926) and Roberto Arlt’s El juguete rabioso (1926); from Peru: José María Arguedas’s Los ríos profundos (1958) and Julio Ramón Ribeyro’s Crónica de San Gabriel (1960); and from Mexico: Rosario Castellanos’s Balún Canán (1957) and Elena Poniatowska’s La «Flor de Lis» (1988).


VIII, 109
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
relation gender Latin American literature Argentinian literature Peruvian literature Mexican literature 1900-1999 Bildungsroman subjectivity formation coming of age class Spanish American literature novel relationship to race
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. VIII, 109 pp.

Biographical notes

Yolanda A. Doub (Author)

The Author: Yolanda A. Doub is currently Assistant Professor of Spanish at California State University, Fresno. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish American narrative with an emphasis on the Bildungsroman. Her other research interests include Southern Cone and Mexican literature, cultural studies, and Latino literature. Dr. Doub received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Title: Journeys of Formation