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Woolf's AmbiguitiesTonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors$
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Molly Hite

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714450

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.001.0001

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Making Room for A Room of One’s Own

Making Room for A Room of One’s Own

(p.86) Chapter 4 Making Room for A Room of One’s Own
Woolf's Ambiguities

Molly Hite

Cornell University Press

This chapter is the first of three sustained comparisons showing how books by Elizabeth Robins influenced and interacted with parallel works by Woolf. A Room of One’s Own, still widely regarded as the foundational argument in English about women and writing, is one of several works from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries making a case for the value of literature by women. Elizabeth Robins' 1924 polemic Ancilla’s Share: An Indictment of Sex Antagonism shares not only arguments but also images, metaphors, allusions and quotations with Woolf’s 1929 essay. Robins, however, is most concerned with middle-class and working-class women while Woolf emphasizes the relatively privileged woman of genius.

Keywords:   Robins, polemic, A Room of One’s Own, Ancilla’s Share, influence, women’s writing, genius

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