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A Room of One's Own review Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 eEn 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 patriarch. “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 rhetoric and words that demand to be heard Virginia Woolf doesn’t ask for a lot really She just wants a room of one’s own Sounds simple enough but this room has far reaching implications The room is space space to grow learn and write Creativity is the key Far too often women didn’t get the opportunity to express it and develop any form of art “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” Woolf recognises her own advantages the key being a fine education allowing her to become successful and financially independent She is a rarity and she used this as a basis to attack the patriarchy and the stupid nuances that leave women in intellectual shackles Granted the twentieth century saw women writers emerge than any other century but there were still improvements to be made Woolf led the charge She wanted for every woman Sure you could make the case that there had been many fine female writers of fiction before Woolf The Brontes Austen Eliot and Gaskell stand out as the most prominent novelists but the point is not every women is afforded the opportunities that allow her to become a writer If she is not educated and given room and space then she will never know what she could be capable of Woolf’s words are sharp and directly address the problems in realistic terms She’s not an idealist just a pragmatist who suggests things that should not need to be suggested Intellectual freedom is not a right it’s a necessity all should be able to attainA compelling essay still very relevant today

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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. 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 people do so preach to the choir don’t they Why do they hate men so much In the end they are no different to the male chauvinists they are attacking Why can’t they just be even handedThat none of this is the case of course does not matter at all because reiterating received wisdom seems to be all that is necessary today – read 99% of the critiues of The God Delusion and the horrifying thing you will find is either a mindless acceptance or a mindless rejection of Dawkins It is enough to fill me with near complete despairThe blurb on the back of the Penguin edition of this book says that this is “one of the greatest feminist polemics of the century” There is a uote too from Hermione Lee apparently Woolf’s greatest biographer which reads “fierce energetic humourous” Look I really loved this book and would recommend it whole heartedly – but it is none of those thingsA polemic is a strong verbal or written attack – to say this book is even an attack is really stretching the friendship This is the most mild of books Its central argument is that women need money of their own and a room of their own with a lock on the door if they want to write How can one really be ‘fierce’ if that is all one is going to argue She ends with a uote from a man who provides a list of the greatest poets of the last couple of hundred years c1900 of which Keats was the only one who was not either a university person or of independent meansSo I guess her recommendation is that if you want to write you need to be independently wealthy – something I haven’t uite achieved yet But eminently sensible advice all the sameThis book is based on a series of lectures she gave to women at Cambridge Uni on Women and Fiction and it is a delight that rather then make this a polemic she actually makes this a work of fiction – creating a series of Marys who go off into the world and be idol – as this is one of the criteria necessary for writing great fiction no matter what you genitalia are up to and part of the reason why being wealthy helpsShe also says that the best fiction is not written by men or women but by men or women who have lost a sense that they are writing as men or women That writing that focuses too closely on explaining past hurts – however well justified – ends up being bad writing That fiction when it is done properly has a truth of its own that ought to be authentic and followed by the writer despite any agenda of the writer This is such a lovely idea – and much interestingly about fiction than about women And this is as it ought to beSome of Woolf’s writing – I’ve also just finish reading To the Lighthouse – feels heavy now some of her paragraphs go for three pages and that can make reading her feel a bit of a struggle – but she writes so beautifully and has the annoying habit of making sense that it is no wonder that so many people have become so annoyed with herIn the end I think it is only possible for people to say this is a fierce book or a polemic on the basis of their views not Virginia’s Her views on feminism expressed in the book today seem rather depressingly self evident and expressed in a light and very careful way But to a society that is not prepared to listen even the mildest expression of unpopular views will seem harsh polemical and well just plain wrongNot the book I suspected infinitely better than that

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A Room of One's OwnUniversity 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 Wom. ”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 would be unknown We should still be scratching the outlines of deer on the remains of mutton bones and bartering flints for sheep skins or whatever simple ornament took our unsophisticated taste Supermen and Fingers of Destiny would never have existed The Czar and the Kaiser would never have worn crowns or lost them Whatever may be their use in civilized societies mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action That is why Napoleon and Mussolini both insist so emphatically upon the inferiority of women for it they were not inferior they would cease to enlarge”To think of this long essay as feminist propaganda is to do this book and the author Virginia Woolf a disservice Desmond MacCarthy of the Sunday Times labels the book as such but he also says ”yet it resembles an almond tree in blossom” Certainly the case can be made that MacCarthy feels a niggling of perception that the book is than just propaganda uite possibly something beautiful Vincent Van Gogh certainly found blossoming almond trees to be beautiful given the number of times he painted them Woolf liked the review and even pasted it in her scrapbook The expectation I had in reading this book as I do with every Woolf book I decide to read is that she will change my perspective or at the very least slightly alter my life view about something We can all agree a pail is a pail but if it is turned upside down is it still a pail or does it become something else Woolf turns ideas sideways or tosses them up in the air so they spin around and around or sometimes moves the reader from one vantage point to another See this thought from down here and now from up there It will look different Understanding comes from expanding the mind and presenting tired arguments with fresh insight is importantIf we return to the opening uote that began this “review” we can read that as an act of oppression of women being relegated to this role or we can read it as a grand sacrifice for the greater good If women had never been subservient to men then civilisation as we know it would not exist If women were as strong physically as men and did not need a man’s protection how different would things be Has nature intentionally hampered women to create the proper dynamic for the human species to evolve into civilised creatures Regardless of any type of grand design we can say now that most of us do live in a civilized world and that the days of women needing to be looking glasses is over I believe that women are uite capable of molding the world to fit their needs without waiting for a man to do it for them Suffragettes worked for many decades to achieve the vote In Britain they had that right given to them in 1918 and in the United States in 1920 Virginia Woolf emphatically says that getting the right to vote was secondary to her receiving an inheritance of 500 pounds a year from her aunt The right to vote did not give her power over her own life but having her own money did She could afford a room of her own and she could afford to be a serious writer Of course financial independence is important but I’d never really thought about it carrying weight than having the right to vote We may have seen this play out in the 2016 election when 47% of white women voted for Trump and 45% voted for Clinton One would think that Clinton would offer these women future advantages but when thinking about at least the immediate future these women who supported Trump must have felt that he offered opportunity for a robust economy Discounting the one issue voters who have routinely voted against their best interests for decades in the hopes of overturning Roe vs Wade any reasonable projection would have expected white women to vote for Clinton I’ve believed for a long time that women could easily control the politics of this country as they did in the 2018 midterms The interesting thing will be what will be the guiding principle for voting in 2020 If economics is the most important issue for a woman not only for herself but for the men in her family there is a chance that the split of the vote could be similar to 2016 This feels like a digression but at the same time maybe Woolf from 1929 has given me insight into what is still of most concern to women in the 21st centurystriving towards economic freedom Woolf introduces me to Aphra Behn a playwright from the 17th century who became the first woman to make an independent living with her pen From what I’ve briefly gathered it seems she was a woman who lived as a man would in pursuit of her pleasures Woolf refers to her as “shady and amorous” Behn was a true trailblazer; there is ever only one first but once there is a first we hope for a second and a third and a hundred The importance of Aphra’s contribution to Woolf’s own success was not lost on her ”All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is most scandalously but rather appropriately in Westminster Abbey for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds” She did make it into Westminster but was not allowed to be buried in the Poet’s corner where she belonged Woolf talks about the economics of being a writer about really needing to be born to a certain class to even receive an education that would allow the blossoms of creativity to be born She talks about the androgynous mind and the writers who possessed it such as Coleridge and Shakespeare ”When one takes a sentence of Coleridge into the mind it explodes and gives birth to all kinds of other ideas and that is the only sort of writing of which one can say that it has the secret of perpetual life” Did I just hear the rattle of grinning bones from Coleridge’s graveLooking through my notes there are so many things that I could discuss about this book It sounds like a heavy book but it is made weightless by the stream of consciousness style Woolf uses You really feel as if you are walking with her through the gardens of Fernham as she works to compose her thoughts on what women really want what women really need and how best to achieve happiness She knows the importance of course of being oneself and I think she has also made it very clear how difficult it is but also how important it is for women to achievea room of their own If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at