Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Discussion Questions: A Room of One's Own (1929)
- Describe the Bloomsbury
- According to the editors, what is the central point of A Room of One's Own?
- To what does "women and fiction" refer?
- Explain: "[A] woman must have money and a room of her own
if she is to write fiction" (1177).
- Explain: "That a famous library has been cursed by a
woman is a matter of complete indifference to a famous
- Explain the discussion of the "flow of gold and silver"
- How do living poets, according to Woolf, compare with
Tennyson and Christina Rossetti?
- Explain: "To endow a college would necessitate the
suppression of families altogether" (1187-88).
- Explain Woolf's conception of Shakespeare's Sister.
- Explain Woolf's conception of "contrary instincts." What
more contemporary African American writer has also discussed
Other Discussion Questions:
- In "Modern Fiction," what
does Woolf describe the task of the novelist to be?
- Describe Woolf's prose style, according to the editors.
- Describe the tone of her essays, according to the editors.
- Explain: "Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than
- What is Oxbridge?
- Explain: "'I' is only a convenient term for somebody who
has no real being" (1178).
- What is so unconventional about Woolf's description of
- How has conversation changed, according to Woolf, after
- How have Tennyson and Rossetti been inspired by an
- Explain: "The beauty of the world which is seen to
perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish,
cutting the heart asunder" (1185).
- Explain: "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well" (1186).
- What's the difference between being "locked out"
and being "locked in"?
- Explain: "It is one of the great advantages of being a
woman that one can pass even a very fine negress without
wishing to make an Englishwoman of her" (1203).
- Explain: "To write a work of genius is almost always a feat
of prodigious difficulty" (1204).