A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (Book Analysis)
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This engaging summary presents an analysis of A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, an essay based on talks given by Woolf at the University of Cambridge in the late 1920s. As its title suggests, the essay argues that women need their own space, economic independence and freedom from distractions in order to participate in literary creation; however, these have previously been denied them, resulting in a comparative dearth of great female writers. By exploring the past, from female writers such as Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters to William Shakespeare’s imaginary sister Judith, Woolf is able to suggest a different future, and exhorts her audience to make this dream a reality. The essay’s ideas were groundbreaking for its time, and the work is still considered an important feminist text today.
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