lunes, 17 de febrero de 2014

2. Virginia Woolf, a true literary fighter.

Good morning, afternoon or night (depending on the moment when you read me) and welcome to "The spirit of words", a little room where month by month we will analize different literature works! I have decided to dedicate this month, February, to a woman who has fought for women's rights and their independence during a long period of her life through literature. So we can say that she became a very important step forward for them. Do you know who she is? Yes! She is Virginia Woolf.


Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) wrote under her husband's name, Stephen, because it was forbidden for women to write. Both of them belonged to the "Bloomsbory group", a club of poets, writers and people who produced any type of texts, and they met in the same place to talk about literature and to write.  As her parents owned a magnificent library at home, she grew up getting smarter by reading all the books she could. That made her to want to write and publish as any other man could have done, and she did. She had a dark youth since her half-brothers abused her sexually and her family died one by one in less than ten years, so she decided to focus on literature to defend women in those kind of situations.

Her importance came when she developed an innovative literary technique in order to reveal women's experiences and to find an alternative to the dominating sexist views of reality through the description of how a girl can live that male reality. Then, she published some books such as "Orlando", "Three Guineas", "A Room of One's Own" or "Mrs. Dalloway".

The book I have chosen to read is "The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf", a book which shows the evolution of her writings from an early age up to her latest days. It is divided into four parts: "Early stories", "1917-1921", "1922-1925" and "1926-1941."

Through those stories we can see that she uses an easy vocabulary as well as the style of narration to show us how a woman can be seen in several situations within society. The "stream of conciousness" (interior mologue), which was created by her, is another common technique practiced to transmit her (or of a female character) impressions and thoughts about tiny details as she does in "The mark on the wall", included in the second stage of the book. Moreover, we notice that women are responsible of most of the stories to explore her lives that way. The best thing we can abstract from Virginia is that when we read her works, we are able to breathe her soul and ideas, which is, al least for me, essential to any good writer.

In my opinion, this is a great woman because she lived and wrote in a period when women were really understimated and were not allowed to do many of the things that nowadays are totally normal to do. Furthermore, she went against society through literature, something that was highly far away for them, to change their reality. What do you think about this woman? Was all her work worth it or not? Please, give your opinion in a comment!

And that's all in February. I hope you like Virginia Woolf and you read any of her books. If you pay attention to her works, you will see that she is a true fighter for women's rights. Please, write anything you want to share in a comment.

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See you in March with a new author!!

Take care,

Fco. Serrano.