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A Room of One's Own Book Ù 112 pages Download ↠ 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 En 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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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 Wom ‘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 is encouraged i try to imagine myself 100 years in the past and i hope i would be the kind of woman woolf was someone who understood the importance of granting women eual opportunities in work and school and who bravely expressed her opinions and what i would give to be able to have attended the lecture where woolf delivered this speech i will admit i sometimes struggled with reading the stream of consciousness style this address employs and i definitely think a verbal presentation of the essay would be much effectiveregardless i appreciate woolf and authors like her who inspired the movement for gender euality especially in the field of literature ↠ 4 stars

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A Room of One's OwnA 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 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 awayBut you may say we asked you to speak about women and fiction what has that got to do with a room of one's own?I don't even need to read Virginia Woolf's justification before I exclaimEVERYTHING it has EVERYTHING to do with a room of one's ownWhoever loves art literature and the act of writing drawing or reading knows how hard it is to keep the deep concentration necessary to achieve something of relative creative value If you are constantly in company then casual interruptions as Woolf calls them will eventually make you give up and do something less challenging uiet space and time are fundamentally important and women have been denied both over the course of history As Woolf is a storyteller even when she writes nonfiction she demonstrates the creative process by evoking an afternoon on the riverbank where she catches a thought just like a fish A man interrupts and the thought disappears never to be found again She goes on to reflect on the development of literature and the fact that men historically have produced works of art than women Her uestion throughout the essay is Why is that?As she cannot accept the idea that men are physically and mentally stronger an explanation she hears and finds in reference literature there must be a different reason which she sets out to discover She analyses the traditional gender roles and points out that men have three advantages money space and education To prove her point she invents a brilliant sister of Shakespeare's and assumes that she is eually talented Woolf creates a storyline for her uest to conuer the literary world of the 16th century just like Shakespeare did in real life and shows the various stages at which her access to the world are blocked It is a harsh story and it illustrates the difference between men's and women's opportunities perfectlySo far so good Her lovely prose and beautiful literary examples make the argument for euality read like a novel but I am always a bit cautious when I read political essays There is so much attached to the uestion of feminism today that I dare not guess what Virginia Woolf's final suggestion or solution will be I am almost nervous as I fear I might stop loving the book when I read the conclusion But this is where she really surprises me and where I feel that she has written the book for me specifically She does not end by delivering a hate speech towards men and by proclaiming that women should take over their roles and become like them She rather insists that women should be given the same freedom to develop their OWN strengthsIt would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men or lived like men or looked like men for if two sexes are uite inadeuate considering the vastness and variety of the world how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities?This is something very close to my heart and a reason why I struggle with the political feminism of my home country I have never been able to accept that I must strive to be the SAME as a man rather than to have the same basic opportunities to develop in my own way I have never understood why we try to impose masculine ideals on women instead of creating an environment of respect for feminine strengths and I remember being extremely angry at a pre school for banning the doll's house from the playroom so that girls wouldn't adopt typical girly behaviour I found that insulting What about cars then? Considered boy's toys and therefore acceptable? The same goes for the pinkophobia that some parents develop to protect their girls from looking too feminine It is a colour just like blue? And why is it politically loaded if blue is not? Are they not making the point that the things girls choose are less valuable?I am in deep waters now I realise so I will return to why Virginia Woolf is such a role model and heroine for me She sees human beings in their multifaceted identities and claims rightly in my opinion that any creative person must be able to draw from male AND female parts of the mindSome collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that the writer is communicating his experience with perfect fullness There must be freedom and there must be peaceThis is by far the best essay on gender euality I have read as it respects and values the individual wishes and needs of women and men and does not try to create by force a uniform sameness At the same time it is a declaration of love to literature and creativity It is entertaining funny and informative It has it all I want Virginia WoolfFavourite uoteFor books continue each other in spite of our habit of judging them separatelyPS My 16 year old son just finished reading this book and loved it and it feels like it continues and makes my reading experience even pleasurable