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Jared Hartzman Essay 2 9/30/08 Cecily Swanson Literary Collaboration “Infection in the Sentence” in “A Room of One’s Own” According to Harold Bloom, writers experience an “anxiety of influence.” This is a fear writers have of being influenced by their precursor, thus taking away from their own works. While Gilbert and Gubar believe that female writers, instead of experiencing an “anxiety of influence,” experience an “anxiety of authorship,” Virginia Woolf would most likely agree with only some aspects of this point. An “anxiety of authorship,” according to Gilbert and Gubar, is a “radical fear that she cannot create, that because she can never become a ‘precursor’ the act or writing will isolate or destroy her” (page 23). In her story, “A Room of One’s Own,” Woolf shows that women can break free from this “anxiety of authorship.” Gilbert and Gubar’s main argument was that women are brought up to feel inferior to men; therefore female writers experience a different anxiety than do male writers. Gilbert and Gubar explain this by asking the question, “Where does a woman writer ‘fit in’ to the overwhelmingly and essentially male literary history Bloom describes?” and then by answering it with, “a woman writer does not ‘fit in’” (page 23). In other words, she cannot feel an “anxiety of
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