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one of the greatest works on feminism is born
Reviewed in India on 26 March 2018
"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?"
EVERYTHING, it has EVERYTHING to do with it!
This book is based on a series of lectures she gave to women at Cambridge University on Women and Fiction.
Throughout the essay she ponders on the fact that men historically have produced more works of art than women, "Why is that?" she thinks and so, one of the greatest works on feminism is born!
Woolf wonders how much greater the works of Jane Austen or The Brontë Sisters might have been if they had owned a room of their own, a desk where to write in privacy or had they been granted with unleashed freedom to devote to the creative process.
She thinks about the fate of the sister Shakespeare never had, what if this fictitious sister was brilliant? As good if not more than the bard? The lost sister who people would have laughed at, questioned, disowned, exploited had she written plays, shown some talent and tried to break free.
A Room of One's Own is beautiful, piercing and vital, something I'd suggest everyone to read.