A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas
Based on a lecture given at Cambridge and first published in 1929, A Room of One's Own interweaves Woolf's personal experience as a female writer with themes ranging from Austen and Bronte to Shakespeare's gifted (and imaginary) sister. Three Guineas, Woolf's most impassione/>Based ...more
I've been meaning to read something by Virginia Woolf for a long time now, so I put this on my Classics Club list to make sure that I finally DID read something of hers. (Well. Technically I put A Room of One's Own on my list. The copy that my library had just so happened to include Three Guineas as well, so I read that too.)
Anyway. A Room of One's Own came out of lectures that Woolf delivered in the late ...more
"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
This book contains two of Woolf's non-fiction works both of which focus on women, particularly women writers - their role in society, the historical context, the future possibilities.
Woolf is one of my favorite authors, something about her writing invariably moves me. In these works I was spellbound by her writing as well, which is saying something given they are non-fiction. My enjoyment of this book can be largely attributed ...more
Collins Classics seemed about a nice option -- ...more
The Shakespeare’s sister imagining was SO perfect & I loved that the essay was dotted with narrative, sarcasm and poetry.
Three Guineas was a bit of a slog but that being said, I’ve still dog-eared nearly every page to mark moments of meaning and im/>Three ...more
"And these values are ...more
Published in 1938, Three Guineas is Woolf's response to the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War which preludes WWII.
How can I spend three guineas in order to help prevent war, philosphically speaking?
1. Spend your guinea on improving women's colleges.
2. Invest a guinea in advancing professions and occupat ...more
I enjoyed discovering Woolf's essay, especially after listening to so many episode of the french podcast La Poudre where the host interviews women and always asks them if they do have a "a room of one's own".
I do have a little bit of difficulty however following her stream-of-consciousness sty ...more
Written in 1929, Woolf's essay (originally a series of lectures to Newnham and Girton Colleges) is read often today as a foundational document of feminist literary theory. Extremely prescient ...more
This was my first read of 2010 because A Room of One's Own is mentioned, referenced or quoted from in almost every other feminist theory book I pick up, and it was starting to drive me around the bend. The reason it's quoted so much are now clear. These are a clearly argued, clever, funny and lively pair of works.
I particularly enjoyed Woolf's clear setting out of what economic independence means to a person's intellectual honesty, ...more
And what can I say? It was the best decision I have taken in respect of a book since my never very obedient ...more
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 o ...more