Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Kunstlerroman

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:



a narrative about an artist’s growth to maturity; an important subtype of Bildungsroma

Tipsa to z

  1. The main character must be an artist who experiences some form of moral development.
  2. The story’s main thrust is the character’s growth.
  3. Your main character should look for answers to his questions through different experiences.
  4. The story features a conflict between the main character and society.
  5. Think ‘apprenticeship’ when writing this story.
  6. The story usually ends with an arrogant rejection of the commonplace life.

Popular Books

  1. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  2. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  3. The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister by Goethe
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  5. Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
  6. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  7. Franz Sternbald’s Wanderings by Ludwig Tieck
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Martin Eden by Jack London
  10. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More K Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, September 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

48 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Kunstlerroman

  1. Wow! Two new unpronounceable genres for me to learn. I immediately thought of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach but you didn’t mention either of these. I guess there are many. Do you know if they would fit?

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  2. Interesting. I had Jane Eyre on my list to read again and now I’ll look at it in a different light. Portrait of a Young Man sounds familiar but I don’t know that I’ve ever read it. Thanks!

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  3. Hi Jacqui – I’d never come across this name before … but having a quick look it covers a range of ideas … interesting to see Leonard Cohen and Alice Munro have works listed. I’m still at a loss … I need to read more – cheers HIlary


  4. Never heard of it and the only book I am familiar with is Jane Eyre (although I don’t know that I’ve actually read it). Love the name of the genre though!

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