1st Edition

Rosella, or Modern Occurrences by Mary Charlton

Edited By Natalie Neill Copyright 2023

    Mary Charlton's 1799 Rosella, or Modern Occurrences is a fascinating novel that brokers between conservative and feminist ideas, humour and horror, and indulgence in and ridicule of sentimental tropes. Written in imitation of Cervantes’s Don Quixote (1615) and Lennox’s The Female Quixote (1752), Rosella belongs to a large class of comic works in which female readers and novelists are satirized. This edition not only addresses the gap in knowledge about Charlton’s work, but will be of particular interest to scholars working on the Romantic literary market of the 1790s, especially Minerva Press publications. The book engages with many of the themes explored in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, from women’s writing and female education to popular fiction and sensibility. Accompanied by a new introduction by Professor Natalie Neill, this title will be of great interest to students and scholars of literary history.

    Series Preface




    Note on the Text

    Rosella, or Modern Occurrences

    Volume I

    Volume II

    Volume III

    Volume IV


    Glossary of repeated terms


    Natalie Neill is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, at York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Her research interests include Romantic literature, Gothic parody, and female authorship.