"A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

"A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf
Discusses the idea that women have been born into certain social roles with little or no opportunity to succeed as an artist which is expressed in Virginia Woolfs' "A Room of One's Own".
# 120184 | 2,233 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This book review of "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf discusses the woman-as-artist, discussing how both women-- in the traditional role of mother and housekeeper--and the artist produce a problem for capitalist society in that they do not produce. The author criticizes modern cultural values which only appreciate those who contribute to the economy, and agrees with Woolf's argument in favor of rights to equal education, rights to economic opportunity, and rights to thrive as one sees fit. Even if it means shutting one's self in a room and writing and not participating in the production-consumption cycle of this postindustrial economy.

From the Paper:

"The question is obviously too large to be answered here, but can be examined in terms of the woman-as-artist. Both the woman (in the traditional role of mother and housekeeper) and the artist produce a problem for capitalist society in that they don't produce. Their work is not quantifiable and cannot be invested as capital. The production of well-rounded happy children and the production of a beautiful poem are not valued in terms of dollars and stock options. "More than any other aspect of culture," writes Florynce Kennedy, "the economic factor determines cultural development and direction." Thus those who are fortunate enough to have "a room of one's own"--meaning those who have been given a fabulous education and who have time and money enough to create art--dictate the cultural development of society. The rich white men get anthologized all over the place, while the rest of society slowly makes its way into the mainstream.
"A "woman's work" as mother was not always unappreciated in terms of production. "Under the old social economic order [pre-Industrial Revolution], the family was the economic unit of production," writes Sadie Alexander. "Under these conditions the activities of women were recognized along with those of men as productive and the contribution of the wife was as valuable in the eyes of society as that of the husband. There was no difference in the economic function between men and women, in that they were jointly producers and consumers.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1995.
  • Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell."Negro Women in Our Economic Life." pp. 96 - 100. Originally published in Opportunity, July 1930.
  • Kennedy, Florynce. "A Comparative Study: Accentuating the Similarities of the Societal Position of Women and Negroes." pp.102 - 106. From Color Me Flo: My Hard Life and Good Times, 1976.
  • Winterson, Jeanette. "A Work of My Own," in Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery. New York: Vintage, 1995.
  • Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1929.

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