Reflecting on Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Showalter faces the similar issue of women’s exclusion from the academy. Charting a long history of literary women, she drives attention to undervalued nineteenth-century writers such as Sarah Grand, George Egerton. Rather than defining a ‘universal’ woman’s text, Showalter preferred to identify a female ‘subculture’ which created those texts. She argues that, with the reemergence of a Women’s Liberation Movement in England and in America around 1960s and 1970s, scholarship generated by contemporary feminist movement has led to an increase in sensitivity to the problems of sexual bias or projection in literary history. And one of the most significant contributions has been the unearthing and reinterpretation of “lost” works by women writers, and the documentation of their lives and careers.
She knows that a change in the role of a woman is possible only through education. And the inflexibility of age old customs that are not so friendly towards women folk can be moulded only with the help of education. There are other issues like marriage and with it come motherhood and relation with in-laws and the change of identity of woman. Then there are conflicts based on class, caste, marginalization and traditional values of older generation. San Diego Union Tribune claims Sister of My Heart as “Magically affecting ... her intricate tapestry of old and new worlds shines with a rare luminosity.” She has presented women in variety of avatars; women as wife, lover, mother, sister, daughter and finally as a human being with her own mind and identity who aspire to adept themselves with modernity along with the connection with their roots.
The literature by women in this phase, characterized by self discovery, a turning inward, moved beyond feminism to a phase of courageous self-exploration, but also incorporated the double legacy of feminine ‘self-hatred’ and ‘feminist withdrawal’. The women writers of this phase thus moved towards a separatist literature of inner space focusing on the psychological rather than social aspects. Writers like Dorothy Richardson, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf presented their version of modernism as a response to the material culture of male Edwardian novelists like H.G. Wells and Arnold Bennett. Androgyny, the sexual ethic of the Bloomsbury group and an important concept of the period provided a refuge from the confrontation with the body.
Woolf through these instances tried to emphasize the necessity of a private room for a woman writer where she can focus all her energies on her writings without any interruptions from the outside world. The essay not only focuses on feminism but also on women who have not been able to realize their true potential because of the lack of money and privacy. In her essay, Virginia Woolf has tried to focus on the need for a woman to have money, a room and privacy just like men at that point of time had, to write fiction. She is, in a way, asking for equal rights for women as men. She also points out that women who write fiction should not copy men’s style because everybody has different style and hence women will not be able to bear the weight of a man’s style of
A Room of One’ s Own is an essay by Virginia Woolf. It is based on two lectures for women students at Newhawn and Girlton College in Britain in 1928. This book looks like an essay that its form is switched with the genre fiction, as Woolf stated that “Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than fact” (Woolf, ROO 4). As a feminist looking for women’s right, Woolf have talked about the subject “Women and Fiction” in these lectures. Woolf tried to find some facts based on women’s position and situation in the library – “If truth is not to be found on the shelves of the British Museum, where, I asked myself [...], is truth?” (Woolf, ROO 29-30) – unfortunately, she was unable to find the facts available about women in history, so Woolf stated that fiction contains more truth than fact.
Among the recurring themes in this literature were pictures of gender and class discriminations (Freedman 363-64). "From personal journals writing, novels and memoirs to exposes of abuse with titles such as I never told anyone, women named what has been silenced" (Freedman 365). The diction that women used in their novels and poetry was full of pride and portrayed their goal of finally coming of age and becoming independent. By telling how their lives have been
Her novels depict how women fit themselves into this society either by rejecting or by accepting the changes to construct their emancipated New Selves. Her women continually fluctuate between similar and contradictory attitudes and evolve to create within themselves a kind of freedom with the aid of culture and which they may share with some kindred souls struggling in the same turmoil. Edith Wharton was one of the first American novelists to develop the possibilities of a theme which deals with the waste of human and spiritual resources as that of the exploitation of the land and forests. Her novels try to calculate the expense of spirit
As her novels gave more liberty to women than was common during that era, Haywood sparked controversy and faced severe criticism from the patriarchal society. She intentionally created a mysterious sort of persona as she kept her personal life away from the public. Nevertheless, from behind the guise of her numerous heroines, she managed to offer thousands of women the advice they needed to survive the prevailing issues of the eighteenth century.
Neither can they completely detach themselves from their part, nor do they have any sureness in the future. Mukherjee’s depiction of women and their different relationships portrays the dominance of patriarchal practices in traditional society, as well as the forms of liberation and empowerment which are available for women in their diasporic situation. Mukherjee female characters are real, modern lifelike. They are typical representatives of young women particularly of the third world countries who cherish the dream of emerging to America for higher education and higher wages, and then after arrival there, aspires to settle there permanently. Their situations and the difficulties they face are also realistically portrayed.
She feels her books are open examinations of the encounters of individuals in particular setting. Her plots shape into insistent pictures of women 's activist perspectives. A large portion of us are blinded by this optics to such a degree, to the point that we neglect to perceive whatever other legitimacy in her. For instance, I was thinking about her novel That Long Silence. I think in this novel the utilization of the pioneer figure of speech is extremely fascinating.