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A Room of One's Own: Introduction
A Room of One's Own: Plot Summary
A Room of One's Own: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Room of One's Own: Themes
A Room of One's Own: Quotes
A Room of One's Own: Characters
A Room of One's Own: Symbols
A Room of One's Own: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Virginia Woolf
Historical Context of A Room of One's Own
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- Full Title: A Room of One's Own
- When Written: 1928
- Where Written: Cambridge, England
- When Published: 24 October 1929
- Literary Period: Modernism, Feminism
- Genre: Feminism, Essay
- Setting: The narrator depicts a particular day in fictional university of Oxbridge, inspired by the quadrangles and impassable lawns of Oxford and Cambridge.
- Point of View: Woolf speaks to the audience as herself but also sometimes assumes a first person narrator to describe the events of the days leading up to the lecture.
Extra Credit for A Room of One's Own
Four Marys. The four Mary characters that Woolf uses to make her points are inspired by the four ladies-in-waiting of the Queen of Scots, about whom a popular rhyme was written.
Judith's Legacy. The image of Judith Shakespeare's suicide was one of the most influential to come out of A Room of One's Own. The rock band The Smiths wrote a song about a girl committing suicide called "Shakespeare's Sister" based on Woolf's character.