A Room of One’s Own // Virginia Woolf
For AS Level we had the joy (for some, and pain for others) of studying Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. I discovered A Room of One’s Own out of academic purposes. I’m so pleased I did. Exploring ideas of class, androgyny and the limits to women’s writing and education, Woolf’s extended essay is a cornerstone of feminist literary theory and analysis of patriarchy. Though published in 1929 A Room of One’s Own remains equally relevant in a contemporary context, and Woolf’s observations remain alive to this day. The Smiths’ song ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’ is also based on a section of the essay, so three cheers to Woolf for not only inspiring women writers but also one of the greatest bands to come out of Britain.
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