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Nina Baym, NOVELS, READERS, AND REVIEWERS, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1984, 287 pages

The bargain being struck here is that women may write as much as they please providing they define themselves as women writing when they do so, whether by tricks of style - diffuseness, gracefulness, delicacy; by choices of subject matter - the domestic, the social, the private; or by tone - pure, lofty, moral, didactic. Where the novel, generally speaking, was defined as a field for the expression of the individual author, possibly rising to genius, it was defined in the cas of the woman author as a field for the expression of the sex, in which case genius in the large sense is out of the question, since the most she can do is lose herself in gender and hence sacrifice the individuality that is the foundation of genius.

p. 257.

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