My Interpretation and Thoughts on a Room of One’s Own

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My Interpretation and Thoughts on A Room Of One’s Own

A Room of One’s Own seems to be pretty self-explanatory at first given that’s the title. After reading more than just the title, though, and really getting into the book, I realized it wasn’t so self-explanatory as I had thought it to be. It took me some time to realize that this book was actually exploring the role of women as writers and the role of women in general. This book is based off of a feminist’s perspective, and again, often argues the roles that women writers have. In this book, Virginia Woolf brings up the topics of education, money, and lesbianism. She often implies that a woman who wants to make it as a writer must have the money and space (room of her own) to make it in the literary field. Woolf explains that “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.” Although both Virginia Woolf on the Outside Looking Down by Mary Childers and New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf edited by Jane Marcus, evaluate questions raised by Woolf in her essay A Room of One’s Own, Jane Marcus provides a more convincing evaluation because she speaks of so much more than just Virginia Woolf. Mary Childers only seems to discuss Woolf, and not so much of her topics in her essays.

Virginia Woolf on the Outside Looking Down by Mary Childers wasn’t the easiest journal to read. But what I picked up from it was really just her own views on Virginia Woolf, and not so much of her work. Feminism was discussed, but not as often as I would have hoped to make reading A Room of One’s Own easier. Childers referred to Woolf as the “matron saint of feminism”. She also then referred to Woolf as a “deconstructive socialist-feminist and a class-bound liberal”. She considers Woolf to be the foremother of literature. Childers argues that: “Woolf’s writing ranges nervously from...
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