A Room Of One's Own: Virginia Woolf
London: Hogarth Press, 1929.
feminist essay uses the metaphor of a room of ones own to
represent liberty and independence from patriarchy. The essay is
based upon lectures Woolf gave at Cambridge in 1928 about Women
and Fiction. While she was at Cambridge, Woolf noticed the
differences in wealth between the mens and the womens
colleges and lamented the poverty of our sex. Woolf
concludes her essay with the following observation: a woman
must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
(In 1909 Woolf inherited £2500 from her aunt Caroline Stephen,
which allowed her the freedom to write.) Woolf also acknowledges
her mentors, including Aphra Behn, realizing that a woman
writing thinks back through her mothers. Many modern writers
have also acknowledged Woolfs influence on them, including
Sylvia Plath: Virginia Woolf helps.
Her novels make mine possible.
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