A Room of One’s Own

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A Room of One’s Own 02/03/2010 16:34:00 Basic Terms Sexism: “prejudice or discrimination, esp against women, on the grounds of  sex” Patriarchy: “the attitudes, structures, etc of a society seen as ensuring male  dominance” Key Dates  1882: The Married Woman’s Property Act gave women financial rights: “It is  only for the last forty-eight years that Mrs Seton has had a penny of her  own(2103)” o Woolf was born in 1882 1918: women over 30 gained the vote 1928: extended to women 21 and over o Woolf’s persona says that her inheritance was “infinitely” more  valuable than the vote (2111) Structure Lectures 1 – 2: Preliminary points; general strategies o The theme is sexuality Lectures 3 – 4 : Historical survey  o The theme is sexual difference Lecture 5 - 6 : The Modern Era; Conclusion o The theme is androgyny(sexual complementarity)  Opening Strategies Woolf immediately establishes an unconventional tone  She also establishes a persona – “call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary  Carmichael or by any name you please”
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