A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

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A Room of One's 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 women's 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 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.

Title:A Room of One's Own
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141183534
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    A Room of One's Own Reviews

  • Kelly

    Every woman should read this. Yes, everyone who told me that, you were absolutely right. It is a little book, but it's quite likely to revitalize you. How many 113 page books and/or hour long lectures...

  • Lisa

    I can't believe I only read this book now. I would have needed it when I was 18, and 25, and last year and yesterday! The opening sentence caught me, right away:"But, you may say, we asked you to spea...

  • Trevor (I sometimes get notified of comments)

    There are so many books that one ‘just knows’ what they are going to be about. I have always ‘known’ about this book and ‘knew’ what it would be about. Feminist rant, right? Oh, these peop...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Room of One's Own, Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929. The essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham ...

  • jessica

    ‘there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ i am so, so, so grateful as a woman to live in a time where my education is an expectation and my creativity i...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Without that power probably the earth wo...

  • Brina

    Reading my first work by Virginia Woolf was just what the reading doctor ordered after my frustrating experience with Kawabata over this past weekend. In the last few days, I have been organizing my r...

  • Sean Barrs

    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” This is a highly charged feminist essay loaded with powerful ...

  • Violet wells

    First thing I'd like to say is I wish I could keep Virginia Woolf alive for all eternity so as to read her thoughts on other writers. My favourite parts of this book, reminding me of my love for The C...

  • Samadrita

    Words fail me as I seek to express what I think of Virginia Woolf. Or to sum up in a few measly paragraphs, a book that may just have shattered into a million pieces all my illusions about the art of ...