Thursday, July 9, 2009

#31 A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

A woman could never have written Shakespeare’s plays, says Virginia Woolf, because women in Shakespeare's time had no money nor a room of their own in which to write. To demonstrate this point, Woolf creates Judith, Shakespeare’s imaginary sister. Judith has as much of a gift for words as her brother and as adventurous a heart, but is denied access to classical works that would ignite her imagination, and is not allowed to have exciting experiences that she could put into her plays. Instead, she is forced into marriage and a life of domestic servitude. 

Thankfully, times have changed, even if perhaps the world  is still awaiting another Shakespeare, male or female. 

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