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A Room of One's Own

In her essay “A Room of One’s Own,” Virginia Woolf imagines that William Shakespeare had a sister named Judith. Woolf argues, however, that Judith Shakespeare would have had far fewer opportunities...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 3:31 am UTC

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In chapter 3, Woolf recalls a bishop who "once declared that it was impossible for any woman, past, present, or to come, to have the genius of Shakespeare." The bishop was so adamant in this...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 9:19 am UTC

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When Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own in the 1920s, many people considered women less intelligent than men. Asserting that rights and resources would be wasted on women because they were inferior...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016 5:13 pm UTC

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Yes, Woolf uses a stream of consciousness technique to build her argument in "A Room of One's Own." In this essay, Woolf contrasts the wealth and privilege of men's colleges to the poverty of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 12:19 pm UTC

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In "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf imagines that William Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister, Judith, who had none of the opportunities open to him. She did not go to the local grammar...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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According to Woolf's thesis, it's not so much that Elizabethan women didn't write poetry as it is that there were no outlets for their expression. Despite there being a queen on the throne, and a...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021 10:45 am UTC

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In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf uses the hypothetical case of Judith, the imaginary sister of William Shakespeare, to develop her portrayal of women’s situation in England’s Elizabethan age....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 9:07 pm UTC

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Virginia Woolf convincingly demonstrates that it was impossible—not merely that it would have been impossible—for any woman to write plays like those that William Shakespeare wrote. As she...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 10:40 pm UTC

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In Chapter Three, Woolf talks about circumstances that prevent women from being able to access and express their artistic genius: distractions and indifference. A woman's role, by nature, is full...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2009 3:16 am UTC

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Woolf's purpose in writing A Room of One's Own is to push back against male writers who claimed that women were born intellectually inferior to men. When women would assert female equality with...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Woolf pushes back against a commonly held idea in the 1920s that women were, with very rare exceptions, innately incapable of producing great literature. Woolf's feminist...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 7:10 pm UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Woolf argues that it was "the sense of chastity" which drove women, as late as the nineteenth century, to publish their works, not necessarily anonymously, but with the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 10:28 am UTC

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The central thesis of A Room of One's Own as it is generally understood is well captured in the title and is only slightly expanded by the often-quoted statement, "A woman must have money and a...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 2:26 am UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Woolf is refuting the claim of a male writer that women's biological inferiority explains why they have not produced a body of great literature to rival men's. Woolf is in a...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 9:36 pm UTC

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The previous post did a very nice job in articulating the meaning of the title of Woolf's work. At the same time, the implications of "having a room of one's own" is quite profound. At some...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2009 4:03 am UTC

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The essays in A Room of One's Own grew out of a request that Virginia Woolf received to lecture about "women and fiction." Throughout the book, she elaborates on different aspects of her...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 5:03 pm UTC

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Woolf's line of argument begins with her question about "what state of mind is most propitious for creative work." It involves the hypothetical (made up) sister of Shakespeare, called "Judith" by...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2012 5:55 pm UTC

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In this powerful feminist treatise, Woolf argues that patriarchal society deliberately subordinates the position of women and makes it impossible, or at best extremely difficult, for them to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 7:24 am UTC

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In this particular extract from A Room of One's Own, Woolf wonders what would've happened had Shakespeare had a sister, equal to him in genius and only different from him in terms of gender. The...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 8:25 am UTC

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Virginia Woolf primarily uses logos to support her arguments, but she also makes effective use of irony in a humorous way. Some key devices include a rhetorical question and a thesis statement—that...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 4:51 am UTC

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World War I changed the way we looked at the world. Our endless faith in technology and naive lust for more of it dampened. We became a cloistered world, and people withdrew into themselves. We...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011 1:37 am UTC

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Woolf says earlier that Englishwomen have had less intellectual freedom—in other words, freedom of thought—than the Athenian slaves. She goes on to say at the end that if we have the habit of...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 12:11 pm UTC

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Whilst ruminating on the position of women in society, in Chapter Three Woolf begins to consider why, if Shakespeare had been born a woman, it would have been impossible for him (her) to write the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013 7:49 am UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf uses the fictional character of Judith Shakespeare, the famous playwright's equally talented sister, to illustrate her point about the way in which the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020 7:34 pm UTC

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The concepts of conflict, complications, climax and turning point apply to fiction (and turning point especially to drama) but A Room of One's Own is a collection of speeches or lectures given at...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2013 10:09 pm UTC

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The entire piece of writing is a symbolic allegory, where each thing that Woolf focuses on is symbolic of a real thing in actual society. Take the two fictional universities that she writes about:...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015 3:58 pm UTC

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The drive for equality of opportunity and representation in voice is present in Chapter 4 of Woolf's work. Woolf argues that the social discrimination of women's voices presents itself in artistic...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 9:50 pm UTC

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Simply put, the belief implied in the statement you reference is that women are inferior to men in all aspects of life, including the creation of literature. Since women are inferior to men (the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 4:24 pm UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Woolf argues against an idea still prevalent in the late 1920s that women had not produced as much "great" literature as men because they were intellectually inferior. She...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 8:35 am UTC

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Woolf writes about a theoretical woman named Judith who was the talented sister of Shakespeare. She writes that "it would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018 12:33 am UTC

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In a Room of One's Own, Woolf doesn't believe poems are superior to novels but rather argues that, to reach their full potential and articulate what it is to be a woman, women need to make every...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2017 1:48 am UTC

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In Virginia Woolf's considered opinion, Jane Austen is one of the best female writers, especially in view of the fact that she wrote at a time when women's issues were purely domestic and women...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 9:25 am UTC

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In this quote from chapter 3 of A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf is saying that socioeconomic class plays a direct role in one’s intellectual capability. She thinks that because working-class...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 3:58 pm UTC

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Woolf discusses the role of and the constraints on female authors in these lectures, later turned into a published book. In her discussion of Austen here, Woolf discusses the way fiction has...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 4:45 pm UTC

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In 'A Room of One's Own' by Virginia Woolf, the author predicts that until women have equal rights with men in terms of material wealth, career opportunities, support with issues impeding their...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 9:46 pm UTC

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Woolf uses the word "room" both literally and, as you note, figuratively to describe a larger concept. First, Woolf's overall point is that women have consistently achieved less in high-quality...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 7:51 pm UTC

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I certainly cannot make a case that the entire Bible was written out of anger, as that is not the case, but I thought it would be interesting to present one particular story that focuses on Jesus'...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 1:00 pm UTC

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Virgina Woolf tries to dispel the belief in women's lack of literary prowess in A Room of One's Own by emphasizing previously ignored reasons for just such a poor record, historically. She is aware...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 6:42 am UTC

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Two aspects of Virginia Woolf's background reveal her purpose in writing "A Room of One's Own." First, Woolf was denied advantages that her brothers and other men of their class were routinely...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2018 2:09 pm UTC

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Woolf knows that many argue that women have not produced great literature to the same extent as men because women are naturally mentally inferior to men. Woolf says that this is not the case at all...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 8:47 pm UTC

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Clearly one of the central themes of this excellent essay is the way in which gender inequalities are presented as preventing equal opportunities. The Enlightenment, that argued that all men were...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 10:43 pm UTC

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Virginia Woolf begins "A Room of One's Own" with a rumination on what it means to give a talk about women and fiction, outlining what she thinks the people who invited her to speak might have been...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 12:43 am UTC

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As Woolf points out, a pen name was meant to protect a woman's reputation. A woman writing for money was working, and therefore might be considered outside of the control of her family, living a...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 7:40 am UTC

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Part of what makes Woolf's work so fascinatingly powerful is the openness of her demands and clarity of her conviction. This could be no more evident in her assertions behind why she claims women...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2009 7:34 am UTC

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Woolf argues that, historically, women have lacked the same opportunities that men have enjoyed. She is, in particular, making this case in terms of women writers and how women had been represented...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 9:31 pm UTC

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Woolf builds a careful and convincing argument that economic independence is necessary for literary production. In A Room of One's Own, she focuses on illustrating all the small details that are...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 4:37 am UTC

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Virginia Woolf describes Oxbridge as a deceptively peaceful place. This peace is maintained by a web of intricate rules incomprehensible to outsiders. As soon as the author walks on the grass, she...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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When she first comes across Mary Carmichael’s novel Life’s Adventure,the narrator is initially unimpressed. The written style is not as smooth or as fluent as Jane Austen’s; the sentences don’t...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 12:47 pm UTC

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Virginia Woolf experienced the prejudiced viewpoints of society as she remained largely uneducated until after the death of her parents as it was simply unnecessary to educate women. A Room of...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2013 6:11 am UTC

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In A Room of One's Own, Virgina Woolf agrees with a bishop who says that no woman could ever have written Shakespeare's plays but disagrees on the reason why. The bishop thinks no women could have...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 10:59 am UTC

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