coming-of-age story

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14:17 Jan 13, 2010
English to Danish translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Additional field(s): Cinema, Film, TV, Drama, Linguistics
English term or phrase: coming-of-age story
Definition from VirtualSalt - Robert Harris:
A type of novel where the protagonist is initiated into adulthood through knowledge, experience, or both, often by a process of disillusionment. Understanding comes after the dropping of preconceptions, a destruction of a false sense of security, or in some way the loss of innocence. Some of the shifts that take place are these: * ignorance to knowledge * innocence to experience * false view of world to correct view * idealism to realism * immature responses to mature responses Examples: * Jane Austen Northanger Abbey * Charles Dickens, Great Expectations * Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

Example sentence(s):
  • Everything about Scherfig’s coming-of-age story about a girl in the London suburb of Twickenham in 1961 is spot-on. Austin Chronicle Corp.
  • But this comedy about a Texas high schooler (Ellen Page) who reinvents herself as “Babe Ruthless” and becomes the star of an Austin league is a surprisingly credible coming-of-age story. Creative Loafing Media
  • Ostensibly a coming-of-age story, this languorous, beautifully shot feature debut from Minh Nguyen-Vo, a writer and director, centers on a teenager whose journey from innocence to knowledge is also a twinned meditation on both the natural and very unnatural state of things. The New York Times Company
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5dannelseshistorie
Marianne Sorensen


  

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dannelseshistorie


Definition from Viby Gymnasium/dramaelementer:
Dannelseshistorie. Hovedpersonen når gennem en række konflikter frem til et bestemt ideal. Personerne er ofte typer og skal opfattes som repræsentanter for en bestemt mennesketype.

Example sentence(s):
  • Historien om Harry Potter er en dannelseshistorie om en drengs kamp med sig selv og sine omgivelser for at blive voksen, præsenteret i kostskoleromanens velkendte regi. - Gyldendals åbne encyklopædi  
  • Historien om Antoine er en omvendt dannelseshistorie. I stedet for at følge, hvorledes Antoine bliver et helt menneske, ser vi, hvordan han bliver nedbrudt og udstødt. - Det Danske Filminstitut/Ung Flugt  
  • På de fleste eventyr kan man bruge modellen "hjem-ude-hjem", der fortæller, hvordan hovedpersonen starter hjemme, drager ud i verden, hvor han udvikler sig og vender klogere tilbage. Den samme model kan ofte bruges på dannelseshistorier Hjemme-hjemløs-hjem" (note 1). Dannelseshistorien fortæller om en persons udvikling fra barn til voksen. Som barn er personen tryg i familiens skød, som ung er personen hjemløs, han/hun skal prøve at rive sig løs fra forældrene og finde sin egen identitet. I denne fase vil personen ofte være sårbar og i vildrede. Til slut har personen fundet sit eget jeg og kommer "hjem". Dannelseshistorien ender lykkeligt og skal være et godt eksempel for andre læsere i den hjemløse fase. - Bibliotekerne/Køge Kommune  

Explanation:
1) På dansk bruges den engelske betegnelse 'coming-of-age story' i stigende grad i filmanmeldelser osv.
2) Betegnelsen 'dannelseshistorie' bruges traditionelt også inden for naturvidenskaben f.eks. geologi.
3) Dannelse er beslægtet med det tyske begreb 'Bildung' og hele det europæiske dannelsesbegreb.
4) Er også relateret til 'dannelsesromanen', som fortæller en dannelseshistorie i romanform.
Marianne Sorensen
Denmark
Local time: 18:50
Native speaker of: Danish
PRO pts in category: 8
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