What do women need to write good novels? The answer was simple: economic and personal independence
Una habitación propia
Translated by Carlos Torres
In 1928 Virginia Woolf was asked to give a series of talks on the subject of women and novels. Far from any dogmatism or presumption, she raised the issue from a realistic, courageous and very particular point of view. What do women need to write good novels? The answer was simple: economic and personal independence, that is, a room of one's own. It had only been nine years since women had been granted the vote and there was still a long way to go.
There are many psychological and social folds involved in this essay of such intelligent exposition. The historical nuances that make the topic of the feminine condition and the alienation of women in society are fascinating.
Starting from a direct treatment and using sharp, ironic and incisive language, Virginia Woolf tells a captivating parable to illustrate her views. An exciting reading story, the contribution of an exquisite narrator to the always controversial issue of feminism from an inevitably literary perspective.