Charlotte Lennox’s ‘The Female Quixote’


On the 4th of January 1804, the English author and poet Charlotte Lennox, née Ramsay, died in London. The fact that she was buried in an unmarked grave at Broad Court Cemetery is, in some metaphoric way, meaningful. In her writing, and especially in The Female Quixote (1752) (or The Adventures of Arabella) – a novel imitating and parodying the ideas of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote(1605), she tried to speak up on behalf of suppressed female desire, and, to a certain extent, to inspire women to have the need for it. Yet, in a world dominated by men, her attempt turned out to be futile, an expression of which can be her empty gravestone. 

41jN5+tMlyLArabella, the heroine of the novel, who lives in a remote English castle isolated from the fashionable world, develops an overwhelming fondness for French romance novels. She reads them passionately and imagines…

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