transformed feminine weaknesses into narrative strengths

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  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    This time, the sentences that follow do help. They describe what were seen as feminine weaknesses, and how these became strengths in the context of the novel.
    Women were obsessed by sentiment and romance; well, these were the staples of fiction. Women had a natural taste for the trivial; they were sharp-eyed observers of the social scene; they enjoyed getting involved in other people's affairs. All these alleged female traits, it was supposed, would find a happy outlet in the novel.​
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