Romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction
‘appropriate’ prose fiction as that which educates its young (female) reader by way of didactic realism.
Its apparent conservatism notwithstanding, The convent 's treatment of its characters suggests a liberal agenda along the lines of that put forth by The heroine – one that implies that, perhaps more important than what one reads is how one reads. 46 The education Eleanor has received from her fashionable novels helps to win her a husband but provides no comfort when the fortune-seeking O'Flaherty absconds. Similarly, Woodville's misguided