"Inveterate persuasion[s]" and "genial spirits"
Goergen, Corey Joseph
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Authors of the Romantic period marginalized by gender, sexuality, and/or bodily ability often ran counter to the disabled authors of eighteenth century, who, according to Helen Deutsch, wrote concerns about their own disability onto female characters. Instead, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maria Edgeworth, and Mary Shelley embrace these markings of transgressive differences and, by engaging their literary parents both directly and indirectly, attempt to redefine the able body and the capable mind. In so doing, they set themselves up for criticism both in public and private but succeed to an extent in complicating and sometimes reversing the gendered expectations of both mental illness and mental production.