‘Scholars discuss Lucy Snowe’s gender queerness – noticeable in the scene where Paul Emmanuel encourages Lucy to act in a play dressed up as a man.’

Feminists and academics have rejected such claims and say their use of pseudonyms was actually just to get their books published in sexist times.

In the 19th century it was common for female writers to adopt male names in order to get their works taken seriously by the establishment at the time.

Read more: museum claims the Brontë sisters were ‘genderqueer’! LGBT event includes the authors because they used male pseudonyms (when actually academics say it was just to get their books published)

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