Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), a prominent English writer and feminist, was considered one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable modernist novelists. The well-known works of Virginia Woolf are often closely related to the development of feminist reproach. With that being said, she was a rather distinguished writer in relation to the modernist movement as well. Virginia Woolf certainly restructured the novel, experimenting with her flow of thoughts and imageries. Although, not always appearing to be the work of clear organization or even solid structure for that matter. This allowed her to portray the inner lives (emotional and psychological motives) of her characters through an element of familiarity.
During the course of her life, Virginia Woolf endured severe fits of mental illness, believed to have been the effect of what is typically characterized as bipolar disorder. While her fairly unique style of writing was largely influenced by way of the symptoms she experienced though her disorder, those same symptoms likewise triggered horrible mood swings. This behavior repeatedly led to periods of recuperation in her home which caused her imagination and ingenuity to be compromised in relation to her writing.
Throughout her lifetime, Virginia Woolf wrote nine novels: The Voyage Out, Orlando, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob’s Room, Night and Day, The Years, The Waves and Between the Acts. In addition to novels, she wrote many pieces of non-fiction as well: The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, Women and Writing and A Room of One's Own.
With that being said, A Room of One's Own (1929), a book-length essay, is regarded by most as one of Virginia Woolf’s most famous pieces (in terms of criticism and feminist literary). This piece of literature was written as a response (or solution if you will) to the “woman problem” observed through her perspective. Further advancing in her thesis she reasons that “All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved” (Woolf). Woolf disputes the long-standing interpretations regarding the competencies of a woman and furthermore incorporates a philosophical materialist consideration about the overall state of women’s existence.
Throughout her thesis, Woolf examines the difficulties that writers of the female gender and intellectuals face because men hold disproportionate economic and legal clout. Her use of other female authors such as Jane Austen and Charlotte and Emily Bronte helps her to analyze women and their struggles as writers as well as their position in literary history. In order to further get her point across, Woolf creates Judith, a sister and female equivalent to William Shakespeare, through which she references in a contemptuous form at times.
Woolf invented this fictional character in...