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FREE READ Ì A Room of One's Own Ì 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 narUniversity 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. 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 reading challenges for next year and decided to get a jump start on women's history as well as a January group read in catching up on classics by reading Woolf Although written ninety years ago Woolf could be discussing the status of women authors today Her work remains timely and was a pure joy to readMary Beton is roaming the Oxbridge University library in search of uality works written by women authors This is the task put forth to her by her professors and she is determined to do good by her gender Yet as Woolf writing as Beton points out this is no small task although she believes that Beton is up for the challenge Until recently in Woolf's time women were denied access to universities as well as two necessities for writing five hundred pounds a year in expenses and a room of one's own in which to write uninterruptedly A woman's station in life was to take care of one's children and other housekeeping tasks Only the rich were able to write as they had nannies to care for their children and writing as a profession was not accessible to the average woman The shots fired in 1914 changed the role of women in British society; however as men went off to fight in the Great War and women were expected to take on jobs outside of the home that were often only employed by men The women's movement in Europe had begun followed shortly after by women's suffrage in England in 1919 Writing ten years after these developments Woolf points out that despite enjoying these gains in society women still have a long way to go until they are to be considered on eual literary footing as menWell versed in literary history Woolf cites many examples in European literature to point out the path women have taken to get where they are in the early 20th century She starts with an pointed anecdote if Shakespeare had a sister Woolf notes that in the 16th century long before the women's revolution intelligent women would not have been encouraged in reading or writing in any shape or form Perhaps if this woman was intelligently inclined she might have peeked at her brother's work Yet any other avenues would have been closed to her unless she possessed a rebellious streak and followed her famous brother to his Globe Theater and immersed herself in his work With roles in plays closed off to her she would have died a pauper in a common grave Having no access to education the women's space was in the home This changed with Aphra BehnWoolf goes on to point out that famous writers as the Brontes Jane Austen and Mary Shelley have Aphra Behn to thank as she was the first British woman to write as a profession Her work may not be as famous as that of her literary descendants but it paved the way so that they could write the now classic books including Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice that are still enjoyed by many today Woolf takes it a step further noting that other pioneers such as George Sand and George Eliot felt safer writing under men's pseudonyms They did so because in the early 19th century all but a few literary avenues were still closed to women Even Jane Austen took twenty years to become published for the first time and women writing when she did were told that if they wrote at all it should be as poets rather than novelists In a pointed barb toward the establishment Woolf notes that had these women been men they would have been as revered throughout Europe as Tolstoy and their work rather than War and Peace would be considered the 19th century novelThroughout the novella Woolf's feminism is on display She encourages women to have less children so that they are able to do work in addition to caring for their children and housework She also points out that by achieving higher levels of education that women should be than capable of writing great novels She believes that in one hundred years after the publication of her essay that the amount of books written by men and women should be about eual reflecting on their actual percentages of the population While this may be true today ninety years later women still have a way to go until their classic books are read as much as those of their male counterparts At the beginning of 2017 I had set out to read 75% of all books by women authors The percentages fell to around 5050 what Woolf had encouraged in this novella As noticed in my experience woman and men write differently and about vastly different topics so even if I read four books in a row by women authors I find my personal pendulum swinging back toward the men I believe as Woolf that 5050 is a marker to strive for as this represents an accurate percentage of society A Room of One's Own has given me intriguing food for thought as I plan my upcoming reading year and should offer poignant discussions in a genre that still at times struggles to find uality women authors Suffice it to say the frustrating feeling I had from this past weekend is gone5 stars

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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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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. Every woman should read this Yes everyone who told me that you were absolutely right It is a little book but it's uite likely to revitalize you How many 113 page books andor hour long lectures the original format of this text can say thatThis is Woolf's Damn The Man book It is of course done in an overtly polite British way until she brings up her fountain pen and stabs them right between the eyes She manages to make this a work of Romantic sensibility and yet modern piercing and vital Woolf was asked to give a speech on Women and fiction She ended up with an entire philosophy on the creative spirit though with special attention to that of women of course Her thesis is simply that women must have a fixed income 500 pounds a year in her time and a room of her own with a lock on the door It is only with independence and solitude that women will finally be free to create after centuries of being forced to do as men please because they support them and to work in the middle of a drawing room with a thousand practical interruptions ten children to see to and a sheet of blotting paper to cover the shame of wasting her time with scribbles as Jane Austen did whenever someone outside the family came into the room when there was a house to keep and a family to raise She also shows the creative powers of women tortured and hidden through the allegory of Shakespeare's sister who never had a chance to express her genius and killed herself after being defeated at every turnWoolf takes her readers through the history of women writers and makes sure that the reader cannot fail to see how brief it is and how limited and why Woolf states that all modern women should acknowledge their ancestors who fought for five minutes and a few pieces of paper to jot down lines of Jane Eyre Middlemarch or Pride and Prejudice She makes sure that women know that they can reject the framework and the form down to the very sentences that are given to them by men to find their own voice However this voice should be ultimately sexless In her view one should be man womanly or woman manly to write enduring classics She doesn't let women down easy either The end of the book points out all the advantages young women havehad 1929 and yet they still don't run countries wars or companies and there's no excuse for that It's an exhortation to not suander everything the women's movement fought for I probably could have said this in a much shorter way Damn the patriarchy find your own way and your own voice in life seize the day just DO something How dare you waste the opportunities that so many others would have died to haveInspiring words on any topic I think I think I'll keep this by my bedside to reach for when I feel discouraged or lazy or bitter about my future or my current situation in life