Abstract. A study of late 19th century Romanian women’s writing, would address changes, diversification and conflicts in women’s roles as part of a slow but steady process of emancipation – the move away from the Victorian cult of domesticity to a new awareness of the opportunities offered to women by the rapid pace of the country’s modernization and economic growth. Therefore, the representations that defined the emancipated woman changed. The women writers explored the changes of the traditional roles performed by women, especially those of lover, wife, mother, as well as those qualities that women had to emulate in order to be considered “successful”, such as purity, piety, domesticity and submissiveness (Barbara Welter). It is important to observe that, starting with 1880, the New Woman changed – in theory and in reality – the canons of the Romanian literature, influencing the lives of the women writers and strengthening the literature with feminine characters, as well as with new forms and themes. pp. 293–298

Keywords: first Romanian feminist journals, how-to manuals for women, women


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