How the feminist view applied in A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Feminist view is pervasive throughout Woolf's work.  The fundamental premise calls for a space where women are able to construct their own literary identities.  This idea is developed in a manner that analyzes historical depiction of women, arguing that it is impossible for women to be perceived as equal when historical texts have relegated women to peripheral roles.  The work concludes with the assertion that gender is not something to be used as a wedge to divide individuals and artists, but rather as something to complement one's own perception of the world.  The role of the artist is one that transcends social perceptions of gender.  The feminist view is quite powerfully laid out in this work as it takes the issue of gender based identity and analyzes its historical, social, political, and literary developments.  Through analyzing these valences of perception through the lens of gender, Woolf's work is an early work of feminism, similar to Christine De Pizan before her and Steinem and Friedan afterwards.

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