Mercy Otis Warren : her political self and her personal dilemmaPart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.2, No.1, 1994, pages 35-45
Mercy Otis Warren, one of the most distinguished female playwrights in American theatrical history, successfully employed the satirical farce as a dramatic form in an attempt to encourage political and social reform during the time of the American Revolution. Although she was most admired for her work and was actually encouraged to display her talent by her husband and her close friends, Warren found it very difficult to combine her feminine identity with her artistic genius. Aware of the conventional notion that literary women relinquished all those feminine virtues which made up the ideal of “True Womanhood,” just because they ventured into an exclusively male area, Warren was particularly anxious to reconcile her roles as a woman and writer. The only way for her to resolve her inner strife was to enter the public world of literary creation anonymously.
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