A Room of One's Own

A Room of One s Own In this extraordinary essay Virginia Woolf examines the limitations of womanhood in the early twentieth century With the startling prose and poetic licence of a novelist she makes a bid for freedom

  • Title: A Room of One's Own
  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • ISBN: 9780141183534
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In this extraordinary essay, Virginia Woolf examines the limitations of womanhood in the early twentieth century With the startling prose and poetic licence of a novelist, she makes a bid for freedom, emphasizing that the lack of an independent income, and the titular room of one s own , prevents most women from reaching their full literary potential As relevant in its In this extraordinary essay, Virginia Woolf examines the limitations of womanhood in the early twentieth century With the startling prose and poetic licence of a novelist, she makes a bid for freedom, emphasizing that the lack of an independent income, and the titular room of one s own , prevents most women from reaching their full literary potential As relevant in its insight and indignation today as it was when first delivered in those hallowed lecture theatres, A Room of One s Own remains both a beautiful work of literature and an incisive analysis of women and their place in the world This Macmillan Collector s Library edition of A Room of One s Own by Virginia Woolf features an afterword by the British art historian Frances Spalding Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles Macmillan Collector s Library are books to love and treasure.

    SparkNotes A Room of One s Own A Room of One s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf that was first published in . A Room of One s Own A Room of One s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf, first published in September The work is based on two lectures Woolf delivered in October at Newnham College and Girton College, women s constituent colleges at the University of Cambridge. Room Definition of Room by Merriam Webster Room definition is an extent of space occupied by or sufficient or available for something How to use room in a sentence. A Room of One s Own Summary GradeSaver A Room of One s Own Summary Back at Fernham, the women s college where she is staying as a guest, she has a mediocre dinner She later talks with a friend of hers, Mary Seton, about how men s colleges were funded by kings and independently wealthy men, and how funds were raised with difficulty for the women s college. Room definition of room by The Free Dictionary furnace room a room usually in the basement of a building that contains a furnace for heating the building gallery a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose shooting gallery art gallery, picture gallery, gallery a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited. A Room of One s Own Quotes by Virginia Woolf A Room of One s Own Quotes It is strange how a scrap of poetry works in the mind and makes the legs move in time to it along the road However, the majority of women are neither harlots nor courtesans nor do they sit clasping pug dogs to dusty velvet all through the summer afternoon. Room Define Room at Dictionary rooms, lodgings or quarters, as in a house or building the persons present in a room The whole room laughed space or extent of space occupied by or available for something The desk takes up too much room opportunity or scope for something room for improvement room for doubt. SparkNotes A Room of One s Own Summary The dramatic setting of A Room of One s Own is that Woolf has been invited to lecture on the topic of Women and Fiction She advances the thesis that a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction Her essay is constructed as a partly fictionalized narrative of the thinking that led her to adopt this thesis. Room ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited year old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. A Room with a View No disrespect to the achingly elegant prose of E.M Forster, but the last chapter of his novel simply cannot compare to this film s last shot, of a pair of lovers in a

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    1. Virginia Woolf

      Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway 1925 , To the Lighthouse 1927 , and Orlando 1928 , and the book length essay A Room of One s Own 1929 with its famous dictum, a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

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    1. Every woman should read this. Yes, everyone who told me that, you were absolutely right. It is a little book, but it's quite likely to revitalize you. How many 113 page books and/or hour long lectures (the original format of this text) can say that?This 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 [...]

    2. 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 away:"But, 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 exclaim:"EVERYTHING, it has EVERYTHING to do with a room of one's own!"Whoever loves art, literature, and the act of writing, drawing or reading knows how ha [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. There are so many books that one ‘just knows’ what they are going to be about. I have always ‘known’ about this book and ‘knew’ what it would be about. Feminist rant, right? Oh, these people do so preach to the choir, don’t they? Why do they hate men so much? In the end they are no different to the male chauvinists they are attacking. Why can’t they just be more even handed?That none of this is the case, of course, does not matter at all, because reiterating received wisdom seems [...]

    5. Words fail me as I seek to express what I think of Virginia Woolf. Or to sum up in a few measly paragraphs, a book that may just have shattered into a million pieces all my illusions about the art of writing and reshaped my whole perspective.Have you ever imagined a disembodied voice whispering into your ears, the wisdom of the ages as you flipped through the pages of a book? how often have you conjured up the vision of the writer talking to you, teaching you, humoring you and coaxing you to ope [...]

    6. A World Of Her Own“Here then I was (call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmichael or by any name you please – it is not a matter of importance) sitting on the banks of a river a week or two ago in fine October weather, lost in thought.”And they all do appear, as fictional novelists. Avatars of the Gauri.Of course, I didn’t know they were so, and I didn't want to find out. I knew Woolf was perfectly capable of inventing novelists and novels inside this small thought-world she was spinni [...]

    7. May be if ‘i’ were androgynous, had five hundred a year and a good lock on my own room, ‘i’ would be able to write a truly fabulous review of this already well reviewed book. It would require imagining the room of reviews completely empty and with no tradition for me to draw upon.Or may be not, even with all those conditions present, 'i' still would not be able to.

    8. The only thing better than reading Virginia Woolf is having her work performed by Juliet Stevenson.I listened to this on audio, performed by the talented Juliet, and I was so impressed that I essentially listened to the book twice. In short, I lovedloveloved this essay by Woolf on women and fiction. When Woolf was asked to talk about women and fiction, she chose to focus on the poverty and subjugation of women in a patriarchy."A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fict [...]

    9. Nunca antes pensé que leer un ensayo escrito hace casi 100 años, podía resultarme tan interesante y a la vez mantenerme así de reflexiva durante varios días. 👏🏼Ojalá todas las mujeres leyeran esto!! Los capítulos 3 y 4 fueron mis preferidos sin dudas, y sin más que decir adjunto abajo algunas de las frases que más me impactaron: ”Posiblemente cuando el profesor insistía con demasiado énfasis sobre la inferioridad de las mujeres, no era la inferioridad de éstas lo que le preoc [...]

    10. It's is 7:45 and Im already waiting dressed as best as I can with my dark suit and white/blue collar shirt outside the office for a meeting I've been expecting over a month. A meeting that perhaps will lead me get closer to accomplish a goal I've been working nonstop for years, just waiting for an opportunity to be given. After fifteen minutes, the secretary arrives and nicely welcomes me. She tells me that the meeting was arranged to be held at 2:00p.m. I don't show her the email and the alarm [...]

    11. Hace unos meses un amigo me recomendó este libro, y ahora me arrepiento de no haberlo leído antes. Sin lugar a dudas es una pequeña joya revestida de ensayo, que te arrastra con su lenta caricia hacia el pasado, cuando la mujer vivía a la sombra del hombre. Un magnífico ensayo sobre la mujer y la escritura

    12. "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” exposes Woolf and her multiple fictional narrators,Mary Beton, Mary Seton and Mary Carmichael, embodying the universal voices of female writers that once were and the ones that never came to be, while relentlessly beguiling the reader, sinuously spiralling him down with evocative prose, genial dexterity with words and an unapologetic tone dripping with irony, righteousness and lyricism. Sitting on the riverside in fron [...]

    13. I hadn't really made up my mind about how I feel about Virginia Woolf, until now, that is. This book definitely showed her genius and I loved it. I enjoyed reading about the history of women writers including one of my favourites, George Eliot, and how they have been suppressed systematically by patriarchy. I filed this book under "feminism" but in no way does it ridicule men or say women are better than men, it simply states that women have not been given adequate chances in literature in the p [...]

    14. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf عنوان: اتاقی از آن خود؛ نویسنده: ویرجینیا وولف؛ مترجم: صفورا نوربخش؛ ویراستار: مژده دقیقی؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1383، در 160 ص؛ شابک چاپ چهارم در سال 1388: 9789644482144؛ موضوع: نقد تاریخی زنان هنرمند از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 مبا ترجمه: معصومه مهرشادی؛ تهران، روزگارنو، 1391، [...]

    15. A highly informative and interesting read. I would recommend to all who have an interest in feminism, creativity or woman in fiction.This is an extended essay taken from various lectures that Woolf gave during 1928. She uses a fictional narrator to discuss matters of woman in fiction and the creativity of woman throughout history. She sets a scene and describes how a sister of Shakespeare would of been treated had she had the same talent as her brother. She pulls out numerous texts in which men [...]

    16. Virginia Plain LiveVirginia Woolf constantly defies my expectations, always for the better.Nothing I had read prepared me for the light and comic touch of this short work (which is not to deny the lasting significance of its subject matter).The essay grew out of a talk she gave to the female students at two Cambridge Colleges in 1928. She edited and added to it afterwards. However, it still bears the traces of a live performance. It must have been inspiring to hear it in person.The Four MarysAt [...]

    17. The distant orange sky seems to merge into a violet-grey as a thin isolating streak rebels against their integration. She sits by the window, her gaze fixed at the thin streak, waiting unconsciously for it to reach the ubiquitous vast blackness of the sky. On the table, in her front, the pages of the open book ruffle whenever a whiff of air passes through the window into her room. Her ears, accustomed to the soundless sound of the pages, hear a symphony of the words played upon the notes of the [...]

    18. Un discurso feminista impresionante de una de las mayores referentes de la literatura inglesa. Woolf nos habla de cómo las mujeres necesitan independencia económica para poder escribir y que no podrán tenerla en un mundo patriarcal.Muy bueno y muy enriquecedor.Me encantaron las alusiones a tantxs escritorxs de la literatura inglesa.

    19. This book started its life as a series of lectures presented by Virginia Woolf at Cambridge University. What a great experience it must have been to hear her speaking. Her ideas are still solid to the present day and her writing style is wonderful.I think what I enjoyed most from A Room of One's Own was Woolf's logic and the examples she gave to prove her points. The fact that literature and all the arts were a man's domain for so long just because the expectations of women(marriage and child be [...]

    20. Brilliant. Powerful.“How are we fallen! Fallen by mistaken rules,And Education’s more than Natures’s fools;Debarred from all improvements of the mind,And to be dull, expected and designed;And if someone would soar above the rest,With warmer fancy, and ambition pressed,So strong the opposing faction still appears,The hopes to thrive can ne’er outweigh the fears.”- Lady Winchilsea, born in 1661Quoted by Virginia Woolf5 out of 5 stars

    21. An eloquent, moving and inspiring essay about the economic and social limitations and obstacles, talented and creative women writers and poets have encountered throughout ages in a world dominated by men. “For my belief is that if we live another century or so…and have five hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think; if we escape a little from the common sitting-room and see human beings not always in their r [...]

    22. 4.5/5This is a lovely, lovely introduction to feminism, full of wit and insight and the incomparable prose of the inimitable Woolf. Not perfect, and indeed there are a few bones I'd have loved to pick with her, but even with those this book is a boon to humanity.Between bouts of beauteous imagery and fantastic meanderings of thought and form, we have many a discussion on the different subtleties by which the patriarchy in England inherited a history, controlled the present, and in Woolf's time i [...]

    23. Many, many years ago, back in the mid 1970s when I was a freshly-minted law student a few months out of high school, I went to a party. There I met a sophisticated man, probably in his forties. He was a lawyer. I started telling him about my studies. When I look back on it now, I realise that I may have been overly enthusiastic, a bore even. However, for years I was enraged by his reaction. "Why do you want to study law? You'll get married one day and you'll need to help your husband. It would b [...]

    24. A Room on One's Own passionated me from the beginning to the end! I read it in French, and when you read my English, you understand why! the book in my left hand, and a pen in my right hand. I first started to write down the relevant passages and the reflections it inspired me when I realized that I was noticing almost each page written by Virginia Woolf!So, as I don’t want to bore you with a long paraphrase of Virginia’s text, I’ll rather give you, randomly, a few passages that particular [...]

    25. A standard must read text based on Woolf’s lectures to the two Cambridge colleges which admitted women in 1928. It expresses a clear truth and clear injustice in very inventive ways. She describes her trials and tribulations in writing and researching the lectures using a skilfully woven skein of history, fiction, opinion and musings on the outrageousness of the place of women. The part about Shakespeare’s sister is brilliant.Woolf is pointing out the importance of space and opportunity that [...]

    26. «مسئله همین است.استقلال فکری به عوامل مادی وابسته است. شعر به استقلال فکری وابسته است. و زنان همیشه فقیر بوده اند، نه فقط در دویست سال اخیر، بلکه از آغاز تاریخ. زنان، در مقایسه با پسران بردگان آتنی، استقلال فکری کمتری داشتند. پس زنان کوچکترین شانسی برای سرودن شعر نداشتند. به هم [...]

    27. What a brilliant book! I'm overwhelmed and find hard to compose my thoughts. But I must let them out here. Firstly this book or rather the essay contains Ms. Woolf's famous quote "a woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction". Throughout the essay she emphasizes her point drawing many examples of women writers in comparison to their counterparts. When I dug deep into her meaning of the above quotation, I found that Ms. Woolf does not mean only about having money and pri [...]

    28. Lamento haber tardado tanto en leer un libro que atrapa desde el principio. Tener que soltarlo era un poquito doloroso, aunque hay una ventaja: no se termina tan rápido.Una habitación propia(oA Room of One´s Own)es un ensayo que problematiza la autoría femenina desde algunos elementos que Woolf decide tomar para hablar de ello. En este caso, se dedica a la falta de un espacio en donde la mujer pueda escribir tranquila. Sin embargo, a medida que uno avanza la lectura se encuentra con otras cu [...]

    29. Mi primera incursión en la obra de Virginia Woolf pasa por uno de sus textos más influyentes y reconocidos, un ensayo narrativo en el que Woolf, aparte de acuñar algunas de las citas más célebres de su carrera, deja entrever las dificultades del sexo femenino para prosperar en un mundo dominado por hombres y defiende la necesidad de alcanzar su emancipación económica e intelectual (o, en otras palabras, esa famosa «habitación propia»). Objetivamente, se trata de una obra provocadora, i [...]

    30. "No es posible que en ninguna época haya existido tan estridente preocupación por la sexualidad como en la nuestra;[]sin duda tenía la cumpla la campaña de las sufragistas. Debía de haber despertado en los hombres un extraordinario deseo de autoafirmación; debía de haberles empujado a hacer resaltar su propio sexo y sus características, en las que no se habrían molestado en pensar si no les hubieran desafiado."Pocas veces me atrevo a decir que un libro tiene una verdadera capacidad de c [...]

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