A room of ones own summary and analysis
A Room of Ones Own by Virginia WoolfA Room of Ones Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two womens colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled Women and Fiction, and hence the essay, are considered nonfiction. The essay is seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf Summary and Analysis
A Room of One's Own
Woolf tells us that the best way to address the topic of "Women in Fiction" is to give us a work of fiction that describes how she got to the conclusion that, in order to write fiction, "a woman must have money and a room of her own" 1. Woolf's fictional narrator, Mary Beton, sits by a river on the campus of Oxbridge , a fictional-but-not-really university. She's thinking some thoughts, but her meditations are interrupted by several woman-unfriendly interactions: she's ordered off the grass that only "Fellows and Scholars" may walk on and is denied entrance to the library 1. She doesn't even bother trying to go in there. Time for lunch! It's a super nice one, and, after the scrumptious meal, she has some highbrow conversation with the other lucky people there. Unfortunately, seeing a tailless cat sort of derails the conversation.
From the SparkNotes Blog
Woolf has been asked to talk to a group of young women scholars on the subject of Women and Fiction. Her thesis is that a woman needs "money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. So she adopts the voice of a narrator. The name of this narrator is unimportant, since she represents every woman. The narrator begins by narrating her day at a college of the fictional university Oxbridge a combination of Oxford and Cambridge.