Women’s Self-Discovery During Late American Romanticism / Early Realism

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When we think of women writers today we see successful, gifted and talented women. Although these women writers have been established for sometime their status of contributions to society has only been recognized way too late. During the late romantic/early realism period numerous women found success in writing despite the fact that they may have encountered numerous obstacles in their path. The characters these women wrote about almost have a kinship with themselves bringing out certain personality traits not seen written about women before. From these traits a voice emerges in literature that has been hidden from the public view. This new true voice of female self-discovery finally comes out for the public to see in …show more content…
Women were at the mercy of male publishers and could only hope for what these men might approve to be published.

These men writers and publishers were the only track that women have to look to a historical literary past on. Based on the patriarchal writings of their past literary history when women wrote the themes of their works, these themes seemed to be predetermined. The movement of women seeking more in their life than just being a wife and mother brought out writers that started to show the preoccupations they had in these roles through emotion and self- expression.

Writing the way a woman feels has been successfully done over and over by men. Even though these men write convincingly about a woman’s thoughts and feelings there’s no way they will really ever know. Based on a critical essay, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman writer and the Nineteenth century Literary Imagination the authors state that “Unlike her male counterpart, then, the female artist must first struggle against the effects of a socialization which makes conflict with the will of her (male) precursors seem inexpressibly absurd, futile, or even self annihilating” (Leitch 2027). Women writers had to overcome their fears of portraying their inner most feelings in their works. As mentioned in objective 1B a romantic heroine may appear empty or innocent of all but potential or desire and a willingness to self-invent or transform.

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