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Virginia Woolf Room of One�s Own

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Unformatted text preview: Virginia Woolf Room of One’s Own 1928; addressing the topic of “women and fiction” at Cambridge University Speaks about “the differences between women as objects of representation and women as authors of representation,” invited the audience to consider the “books that are not there” (Norton, 892) 1. Shakespeare’s Sister She would­­ not have received the education Shakespeare had; been unable to find work on the Renaissance stage (the actors were men) would have been too busy taking care of father or husband to find time to write And Would likely have been a SUICIDE. “Any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would have certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half wizard, feared and mocked at.” (Norton, 888). Chloe liked Olivia This section is on women as “objects of representation” Q: Why is it so startling that women would like other women? Here’s a hint: “Almost without exception (women) are shown in their relation to men. …And how small a part of a woman’s life is that; and how little can a man know even of that when he observes it through the black or rosy spectacles which sex puts upon his nose” (899). Androgyny In this section of “A Room,” Woolf discusses writers as the author of representations She is fascinated with idea that great minds are “androgynous” questions Woolf seems to like “androgynous” writers; what are some characteristics of literary androgyny? “No age can ever have been as stridently sex­ conscious as our own” – what does Woolf mean by ‘sex­conscious’? (901) Is there any significance to the fact that Woolf lists no women writers in her list of androgynous writers? How do you interpret this sentence: “It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be womanly­manly or man­womanly” (Norton, 904). ...
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