|Institution:||University College Cork|
|Keywords:||Pastoral Romance; The epistolary novel; The domestic novel; The Gothic novel; The didactic novel; Jane Austen; Pastoral romance; Women's contribution to English literature; English fiction – Women authors – History and criticism|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1528|
Accepted Version Women's contribution to literature is no arbitrary or artificial distinction. However much the reformer may welcome, or the conservative lament, the growth of a harmonious sharing of ideals between men and women, that growth has been a hard-fought struggle. It has been an escape from a prison, which, when it did not entirely shut out the greater world, at least enclosed a little world of education meant for women, literature adapted to the supposed limitations of their intellect, and a course of action prescribed by the other sex. To show how the literary efforts of women developed and justified their claims to free activity is the purpose of this thesis.