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  • 1. Feminism in Virginia Woolf’s Writings
    By Monika Bytautaite
    English 102
    Professor Owens
  • 2. Feminism: correct definition
    Feminism has been viewed negatively due to misunderstanding what it really is
    Two branches of feminism
    Equity Feminism
    Equal rights for women
    Social Feminism
    Equal rights +
    embracing femininity
  • 3. Social Feminism and Virginia Woolf
    Most (if not all) of Virginia Woolf’s works are influenced by social feminism
    While some are subtle (ex. Mrs. Dalloway) others are more forward (ex. A Room of One’s Own)
  • 4. Feminism in Mrs. Dalloway
    Main character Clarissa Dalloway not typical feminist heroine:
    her character is "saturated with her feminine nature” (Sharma 64)
    embraces life
    belongs to elite English high-society
  • 5. Femininity vs. Masculinity
    In Mrs. Dalloway, masculine characters are
    unhappy and dissatisfied with life, lack creativity
    Examples: Septimus, Peter Walsh, Mr. Dalloway
  • 6. Femininity vs. Masculinity continued
    Clarissa Dalloway is able to achieve internal balance due to her feminine characteristics
    Septimus masculine nature responsible for his unhappiness and suicide
  • 7. A Room of One’s Own
    An obvious feminist writing addressing women
    Addresses importance of education for women
    Calls to celebrate femininity
    Urges women to be independent
    Independence can be achieved by having her own room and sufficient income
  • 8. Shakespeare’s sister Judith
    Fictional character invented to prove
    Ms. Woolf point
    Shakespeare’s talented sister
    Unlike Shakespeare, she is denied proper education and family support
    Dies tragically without getting a chance
    to achieve her dreams
  • 9. Importance of Acknowledging Differences Between Women and Men
    “can inspire social and political transformation” (DiBattista 86) for a better world not only for women but also for men
  • 10. Works Cited
    DiBattista, Maria "Woolf as Feminist." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 49.1 (2006): 85-88. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 15 Nov. 2009.
    Sharma, O.P. "Feminism as aesthetic vision: A study of Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs. Dalloway'." Women's Studies 3.1 (1975): 61. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 15 Nov. 2009.