LitCharts Teacher Editions. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London liter-ary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her protagonists, much like the author, are often conflicted, mostly tortured but always fierce. chapter, The dramatic setting of A Room of One's Own is that Woolf has been invited to lecture on the topic of Women and Fiction. Fiction, imaginative work that is, is not dropped like a pebble upon the ground, as science maybe; fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. No mind-body separation here; they're totally connected. By feeling that one has some innate superiority — it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or the portrait of a grandfather by Romney — for there is no end to the pathetic devices of the human imagination — over other people. Virginia Woolf—best known as a writer of fiction, and lecturing on "women and fiction" here—defends fiction as more likely to contain truth than nonfiction. Drawing her life from the lives of the unknown who were her forerunners, as her brother did before her, she will be born. What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once. She lives in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here to-night, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed. Poetry depends upon intellectual freedom. Do not start. The second sentence refers to the idea women are equipped for novel writing but not other kinds of writing, and that graceful women are more accepted as writers than less beautiful or wealthy women. This also introduces the device she will use to make her argument—fictional characters in a fictional setting. The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. narrator is maintained throughout the text. They have no privacy in which to write, and their day-to-day lives are limited and restricted by their role in society. It is very important to the comparison that Judith has the same natural giftedness and brilliance of her brother. Therefore, the more women are paid for their writing, the more it will be accepted as literature. Need analysis for a quote we don't cover? Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare's plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. highest importance; practically she is completely insignificant. Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word and was buried at the cross-roads still lives. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates.”, “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”, “For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.”, “Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts.”, “All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are 'sides,' and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the Headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot.”, “Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it's place?”, “Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.”, “Truth had run through my fingers. For books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately. Yet in real life, women are oppressed, beaten, exploited, and confined. This shows Woolf's view that women and men are not inherently more or less gifted and allows the comparison to focus on the differences in circumstances due to gender alone.