Virginia Woolf describes a story about Shakespeare and what if he had a sister.
To explore the issue, Woolf invents a fictional and mythical sister, Judith, for William Shakespeare and compares the barriers brothers and sisters would have encountered in achieving success as playwright.
While growing up, she and her sister, Vanessa, did not receive any formal education as her brothers did. At the age of six, her step brother, George, molested and raped her and this resulted in Virginia Woolf becoming a lesbian; an act that might have contributed to her being a feminist writer.
Coupled with the death of her mother inshe started suffering from bi-polar disorder. This worsened when her half-sister, Stella also died two years later. InVirginia Woolf lost her mother and subsequently, her father in After the death of her father, she moved to the Bloomsbury District of London.
At Bloomsbury, Woolf was a member of a group now known as the Bloomsbury Group. Her membership and association with the group exposed her to a myriad of modern theories that deeply affected the development of her own ideas.
Notable among these theories is the feminist theory. Virginia Woolf began writing as a young girl and published her first novel The Voyage Out in DallowayTo the Lighthouse and The Waves Aside fiction, she wrote several essays on literature, some of which include: These effects caused Woolf protracted periods of convalescence, making her withdraw from her busy social life and distressed that she could not focus long enough to read or write.
InWoolf took her own life by drowning in River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Feminism comprises a number of social, cultural and political movements, theories and moral philosophies concerned with gender inequalities and equal rights for women.
The history of feminism consists of three waves, with each wave dealing with a specific aspect of the feminist movement. The first of these three waves took place during the late 19thand early 20thcentury and was mainly defined by the Suffrage Movement.
Due to the fact that women were not allowed the vote, this wave sought to take action and win the vote for women. Other notable feminists of this period include Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Lady Stranton. The second wave was evident in the midth century; that is between the s and s.
Adrienne Rich is a notable feminist of this period.
The third wave extends from the s to the present. As far as the waves of feminism are concerned, four main types of feminists are identified — conservative, liberal, radical and socialist.
Liberal feminists believe that the society needs not to be changed; rather, laws need to be changed for opportunities to be opened up to allow women to be equal with men in the society. On the other hand, radical feminists call for a drastic change in the patriarchal nature of society in order to achieve genuine equality for women.
Social feminist also believe that power needs to be redistributed throughout the society in order to give women the equal opportunity to rise to powerful positions in the society.
The essay examines whether women were capable of producing, and in fact free to produce work of the quality of William Shakespeare, addressing the limitations that past and present women writers face.
Woolf is of the view that only if a woman has money and a room of her own, she is independent enough to be able to develop to the full or else she will always be tied down by the conventions of her time and the society she is living in.
Virginia Woolf was very concerned with feminism and the differences between men and women, desiring for female independence and freedom.
However, Woolf concedes that the kind of equality she craves for can never be reached as women simply differ too greatly from men, but that they should be equal in a sense that they have the same rights as men legally, but should not forget their difference It can therefore be argued that Virginia Woolf was indeed a feminist writer.
Her lesbianism certainly strengthened her trive for female independence and self-expression as it is closely linked to feminism. To explore this issue, she invents a mythical sister, Judith, for William Shakespeare and compares the barriers brothers and sisters would have encountered in achieving success as playwrights.
The author starts by stating how disappointed she is not to have brought back some important statement which is why women are poorer than men.
Woolf therefore makes an enquiry or investigates women in the Elizabethan period in England. Upon reading a history book by Professor Trevelyan, she finds that women had no or few rights during that period even though they had strong personalities, especially in the works of art.Title: A Room of One's Own Author: Virginia Woolf * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: txt Edition: 1 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII Date first posted: October Date most recently updated: July This eBook was produced by: Col Choat Production notes: Italics in the book have been converted to upper case.
A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, in her book A Room of One's Own, Shakespears Sister is an alternative pop group featuring Siobhan Fahey. The Two Nice Girls' third album, . “Shakespeare’s Sister” by Virginia Woolf In the essay “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Woolf presents her argument about the reasons for the lack of gifted and famous women writers during Shakespeare’s time by making up a character, Judith, and telling a story that describes Judith’s upbringing and fate.
In the essay “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Woolf presents her argument about the reasons for the lack of gifted and famous women writers during Shakespeare’s time by making up a character, Judith, and telling a story that describes Judith’s upbringing and fate. Virginia Woolf / A room of one's own: Shakespeare's sister.
It would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.
Review of Virginia Woolf’s shakespeare’s sister By Gabriel Gyamfi University of Cape Coast Department of English INTRODUCTION Virginia Woolf’s ‘Shakespeare’ Sister’ is the third chapter from her literary essay A Room of One’s Own.
In this chapter, which is the essay on Shakespeare’s Sister, she considers the question of why no women .