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In 1928 established English author Virginia Woolf was invited to lecture on the topic of Women and Fiction at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges of England's well-known Cambridge University. The lectures she delivered on this topic were collected, refined, and published in 1929 as the six-part essay A Room of One's Own. Using a combination of literary techniques—ranging from direct address of the audience to following a fictional alter ego through the British Library—Woolf builds a feminist argument. She begins with the claim that to write, a woman must have money and rooms to write in. That is, a woman must have financial independence and a private space to call her own. Only then can she throw off the anger at the social, political, and economic limitations women experience as part of a society designed by men and for men.
First-person author Virginia Woolf suggests that the audience refer to the primary narrator in A Room of One's Own as Mary Beton. However, Woolf does not consistently refer to her alter ego as Mary Beton; the last name changes throughout the essay. As a fictionalization, the narrator is able to visit fictional places and interact with fictional people, but she speaks on behalf of Woolf as an alter ego.
In the essay A Room of One's Own, Woolf concludes female authors need money and rooms of their own to facilitate their writing.
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