A Room of Ones Own by Virginia WoolfA Room of Ones Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two womens colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled Women and Fiction, and hence the essay, are considered nonfiction. The essay is seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.
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A Room of One's Own
Before the 20th century, the majority of women, even in industrial nations, were deprived of basic requirements that enabled them to write. Writing was considered an extravagant activity that belonged mainly to those aristocrat women with strong social connections who could get their works published. Today, the rate of female literacy in the world is still eight percent lower than the rate of male literacy The World Bank ; poverty and hunger are more common among women. As a result, writing remains a luxury for women. This situation leads the majority of women in the world to believe that they cannot write. They think they do not have the talent, or writing is not for them.
A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf, first published in September The work is based on two lectures Woolf delivered in October.
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Woolf refutes the widely held assumption that women are inferior writers, or inferior subjects, instead locating their silence in their material and social circumstances. Women have been barred from attending school and university, for instance, or excluded by law for inheritance, or expected to marry during which their time is spent housekeeping and childrearing. It is also an issue of gendered values, Woolf insists. This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. You may not use the material for commercial purposes.