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I saw A Room Of One's Own up for grabs in the library, and as it's rather slight, thought : Why Not?
It's an extended essay over several chapters, and interesting from a number of perspectives. It is borne of a much shorter address that Woolf was asked to give to Oxbridge on Women And Fiction, and generally is a feminist perspective on the historical progress of women as authors. Ironically, it's now a historical piece in itself, and one far detached from the realities of today's female writers.
Woolf, from a wealthy, well connected background argues that to succeed as a female writer one needs an independent means, (Woolf rather quaintly recommends £500 a year) and a room of one's own to write in.
She talks about Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, how in Austen's case writing, prior to her fame, was almost a dirty secret, how Charlotte's frustrations at the limitations of her sex can be seen in Jane Eyre almost to its detraction as a work of fiction. (I've always thought Jane Eyre over-rated)
The male reaction to female writing and how it was seen as an intellectual threat is a diverting topic and the sexism of even Woolf's own era extraordinary.Read more ›
This is not a novel but rather a set of essays given to an audience of young cambridge girl students. The book opens with the wonderful premise 'A Woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction'. Thus, we are made to understand immediately the crux of the book; that intellectual freedom depends upon material things and that for women to create works comparable to Shakespeare's tragedies she must have a sense of autonomy.
Woolf proceeds to take us on a witty journey through the history of women and literature to explain why the female sex has always been limited. She concots, for sake of argument, the figure of Shakespeare's sister, who like her elder brother had a talent for theatre and creation of art. Due to her sex she is limited and ends up leading a frustrated life and ultimately killing herself. Woolf ends the book by calling her audience to write, to write widely and by doing so to emancipate Shakespeare's sister and show the men that women aren't their social, physical and mental inferiors.
One could say this is the start of feminist criticism, indeed with the book being published in the year of the acquisition of female suffrage the context would seem awfully auspicious. The book follows Woolf's ideoysncratic modernist style, pursuing the 'stream of thought' format.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book difficult to read because of it's archaic style of writing. The book is really old and we just don't write like that any more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Smith
Woolf puts forward the proposition that 'intellectual freedom depends upon material things' - namely, the eponymous room of one's own and five hundred pounds a year. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WhatCathyReadNext
A gorgeous book... convinced me to buy the whole collection :-) Speedy delivery and definitely a lovely gift.Published 6 months ago by Ru
Next up in my book group’s between-the-wars season, this is a 112-page ‘essay’ that Virginia Woolf based on two lectures she gave to Newnham and Girton colleges in 1928 when... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bobbie
I read this many years ago, and always remembered it fondly, so it has been a real pleasure to re-read it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lady Fancifull
I have wanted to read this book for a long time and as a student, the availability of a relatively cheap, but still pleasant looking edition of the book, is much appreciated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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