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Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own [Kindle Edition]

Virginia Woolf , Marciano Guerrero
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In a lengthy essay, the narrator explores how the different educational experiences privilege men over women. Spending a day in the British Museum Library perusing the scholarship on women, she concludes that most of it —if not all— had been written by men in anger and hostility. The study of history was of no help. So she constructs in her own imagination what she imagines was the plight of women; to this effort she explains the impediments Judith Shakespeare —Shakespeare’s sister— would have encountered.
She then analyses the achievements of the major women novelists of the nineteenth century, reflecting on the importance of tradition to an aspiring writer. Following up with living writers, she takes a close look at a novel by one of the narrator’s contemporaries.
Using a curious metaphor: “a spot the size of a shilling at the back of the head,” she urges women to be original, and to write about what others don’t see and miss; and that the writing must be smooth and clear: “Not a wheel must grate, not a light glimmer.” In one word: writing that is incandescent.
The problem as Woof sees it is that to accomplish that fine writing a woman must first achieve intellectual freedom as granted by having a room of one’s own and five hundred a year in income.

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  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still Relevant After All These Years December 7, 2013
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"When she concluded that to achieve their full greatness as writers women will need a solid income and a privacy, Woolf pretty much invented modern feminist criticism." Amazon, the other Kindle edition

It's true that circumstances are different now, and that the book is maybe primarily read by those interested in feminist history. However, what Woolf said is still true - and while also true for men, it is, still, more challenging for women. Yet, how wonderful that it's relevance has diminished. Woolf's book had something to do with that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woolf's critical essay March 20, 2014
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Anything by Miss Virginia Woolf is great. She has great use of imagery and symbolism to get her point across.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Never Ending Thought February 25, 2014
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Not very well structred its a stream of consiousness if you like that well then you have the right book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A room of Ones Own December 20, 2013
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I found this a difficult book to read, I know I was supposed to be impressed with it, but if wasn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars read it just to say I had November 17, 2013
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It's an important piece in the feminist history. i really don't see the relevance to today. it didn't even inspire me to be a writer.
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Marciano Guerrero: Columbia University-educated, Vietnam war veteran, is a retired investment banker, corporate controller,and now a college professor.

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