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Construcţia identităţii personajelor feminine în proza secolului al XIX-lea
Identity Construction: Female Characters in 19th Century Fiction

Author(s): Ramona Mihăilă
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Universitatea Petrol-Gaze din Ploieşti
Keywords: Identity constructions; typologies of female characters

Summary/Abstract: The present paper attempts to identify the typologies of female characters in 19th century Romanian fiction from the perspective of particular patterns that appear in most of the writings. My approach is based on the observation that women were challenging the foundations of a patriarchal society where they had to face the most difficult problems for the nineteenth-century women: independence, especially the economic one, right to labour (the wage-earning options available to women were quite limited and domestic service was the single most important source of women’s paid unemployment) or to vote, their domestic roles. It is important to notice that from the 1880s the “New Woman” in theory and fact changed the canon of Romanian literature, affecting writers’ lives and invigorating the literature with new fictional design in character, form and theme.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 2A
  • Page Range: 149-156
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English