Introduction

  • Mary Eagleton
  • Emma Parker
Part of the The History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)

Abstract

In A Room of One’s Own (1929), Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) laments the empty bookshelves which, she believes, should be full of women’s literary works and histories of their lives. She thinks about the absence of material support for the woman writer — no quiet space away from family duties and no economic independence — and she thinks of what she calls the ‘immaterial’ difficulties — anything from a lack of encouragement to open hostility and derision. So often, ‘[h]er mind must have been strained and her vitality lowered by the need of opposing this, of disproving that’.1 Woolf suggests a series of possible research projects for the women of Girton and Newnham Colleges, Cambridge, her audience for the lectures on women and writing that became A Room of One’s Own: they could explore parish records and account books to discover the daily lives of Elizabethan women; they could explain the consequences of being undervalued; they might even account for men’s opposition to the emancipation of women.

Keywords

Economic Crisis Europe Ghost Nism Reso 

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