A Room of One's Own: Women Writers and the Politics of Creativityby Ellen Bayuk Rosenman, Ellen B. Rosenman
In this balanced and insightful study, Ellen Bayuk Rosenman explores the myriad perceptions of Virginia Woolf's 1929 essay A Room of One's Own, which has become part of our modern cultural vocabulary. Rosenman shows how A Room of One's Own--the first literary history of women writers and the first theory of literary inheritance in which gender was the central category--analyzes the constraints on women's achievement and the responses, both creative and self-defeating, that their environment provokes. Along with preliminary chapters discussing the essay in the context of Woolf's own history and how it was received by critics, Rosenman devotes a fascinating chapter to the importance of the very new and few women's colleges in England at the time Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own.
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