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The Spirit of the Age: The Imaginary of Gender and Romance in Charlotte Turner Smith


The Spirit of the Age: The Imaginary of Gender and Romance in Charlotte Turner Smith

This article will focus on the problematics of gender culture and its symbiotic relationship with romance construction in Charlotte Turner Smith’s work and on the author’s direct relation with the period and space she lived in. Thus, I will try to emphasize the way in which Smith’s writing meets the general expectations of her time upon which her career and her family depended, but also how she ingeniously challenges a way of life which reduces women to silent, ornamental trophies, just as she refused to identify herself with a long-suffering wife or a silly lady novelist.

Keywords: Gender, Romance, Smith, Romanticism, Sensibility

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