How does Virginia Woolf portray the role of the female writer or artist in society in two of her writings?

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In A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, the narrator accounts for women's lack of ability to produce literary works of the same quality and quantity as those produced by men in terms of the material circumstances of their literary production, ranging from lack of educational opportunity to lack of free time and private space.

Woolf turns to more spiritual and emotional concerns of women's artistic production in her novel To the Lighthouse in which Mr. Ramsey's philosophical labours are supported by the complete dedication of his wife whose own creative and emotional nature has been dedicated to him. Lily shows one path to artistic creation for a woman which is being a spinster, but she regrets that the choice deprives her of a certain domestic happiness.


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