Madame de Genlis’s Adéle et Théodore played a pivotal role in the development of the novel of education and its distinctive protagonist type, the powerful educating heroine. Genlis also had a lasting impact on the popularization and professionalization of handmade literacies, or hand-crafted children’s texts that are made for specific children within an intimate, domestic setting. Genlis’s particular contribution to the discourse of handmade literacies in Adelaide and Theodore is to turn a mother’s handmade literacies into mass-produced commodities. She not only describes how to create these items, she turns them into bestselling books. Genlis’s impressive and semi-autobiographical female heroine, the Baroness d’Almane, had a powerful impact on female British education writers such as Clara Reeve, Sarah Trimmer, and Anna Barbauld, who, in turn, mass-marketed their own literacy works and pedagogical fictions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Literature and Literary Theory