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Virginia Woolf A room of one’s own Locate the quote: Define the quote: - The book is based on a series of lectures delivered by Woolf “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write” - she suggest we need to look first at the material, social and economic conditions that make writing a possibility before even considering the topic of women and/or writing - just looking at the writing itself, and ignoring the underlying conditions that produced it, fails to illuminate the unique struggles and inequalities faced by women writers and women in general in society. Women were saddled with domestic duties and relegated to the home, meaning they did not have the time and space to produce great works of art; they also did not have equality of opportunity, being denied an education, professional experience and freedom of movement. - Women’s literary accomplishments do not compare with men’s because men were given more freedom and opportunity to develop their artistic and literary gifts than women - This line of though was revolutionary because it provided a social and political explanation for the dearth of women writers from the past and in so doing, it rejected the sexist belief that women were not able to produce great works of art due to their intellectual and cultural inferiority. “Call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmicheal or any other name you please – it is not a matter of importance” - Narrator is a semi-fictionalized character, it represent the sisterhood of women, not just Woolf as an individual, but all women, meaning women as a class or social group (Mary is an ordinary name in England) - Narrator also experiences many interruptions, leading to degressions in though, and abrupt shifts in thought or subject matter - The above is the feature of stream – of consciousness writing in that it mirrors the randomness and fluid form of our thoughts and impressions - It also serves as a feminist strategy in A Room of One’s Own because it mirrors the interruptions that Woolf associates with women’s writing - Woolf believes that it is difficult for women for her day to devote time and energy to writing due to the fact that they do not have a room of their own and are therefore frequently interrupted from the task at hand due to a lack of privacy - This lack of privacy, she argues, makes it harder for women to write in
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