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Romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction
Christina Morin

and Woodville may suggest the text's commitment to the tenet put forward by the narrator of The heroine , that ‘to make the world laugh … is the gravest occupation an author can chuse’ ( The heroine , p. 6), the novel is nevertheless very serious about the dangers faced by the average middle- and upper-class female in a patriarchal world. Writing to her friend and confidante about her uncle's insistence that she marry Dick, Sophia naively declares, ‘Thank heaven it is not in his power (nor I hope will not be in his inclination) to force me into so preposterous an

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829