A Room of One's Own (HBJ Modern Classic)

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An extended essay, first published in 1929 and based on a series of lectures that Woolf delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. The extended essay employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction; and is generally seen as a feminist text. It is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men.

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Virginia Woolf made her name as a leading member of the experimental writers known as the 'Bloomsbury Group'. Such was her reputation, in 1928 she was asked to lecture on 'Women and Fiction' at Cambridge University's only two female colleges, Newnham and Girton. The result was a penetrating and passionate analysis, in which Woolf turns a jaundiced eye on (all-male) literary criticisms, castigates those who pretend great art is not dependent on material things, and laments the financial poverty of her sex as the major impediment to literary success. She concludes that an aspiring female writer needs "five hundred a year and a room with a lock on the door if you are to write fiction or poetry." A 'Room Of One's Own' remains justly famous as a feminist classic, widely regarded as the single most important work of feminist literary criticism to date.

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"a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fictionA" First published in 1929, A Room of One's Own is Virginia Woolf's pioneering work on women in literature. An accessible and fiercely astute work, Woolf's essay stands as one of the most famous pieces of feminist writing. It is a crystallisation of the intelligent analysis behind her novels, and confirms her as a genius and pioneer, not only of style, but of undeniable substance. Ranging from discussing Austen's pandering to a male writing style, to imagining the dreadful fate of Shakespeare's talented, intelligent (fictional) sister, Woolf makes the weighty topic an enjoyable journey through her imagination, filling in for the undocumented in female history, and exploring the loss to the literary landscape in her own entertaining, convincing prose.

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