How do Woolf’s ideas intersect with the previous feminist arguments? Has the movement shifted or changed from the Romantics to the Modern?

Assignment Question

Respond with a critical analysis essay, based on your reading of the text and our class discussion of the text. A critical analysis essay is one in which you formally write out your reading of a selected piece of literature. An analysis involves closely reading the text and providing a reader with what you see as significant about it.

You will need to develop your own argument about the text, citing direct and indirect passages from the text as evidence to support your argument. • Do not use secondary sources, unless approved by me. • Your idea should be central. • You must cite from the text in order to support your claims about the text. Virginia Woolf:

  • a) Isolate 3 or 4 arguments that Woolf makes for the equality of men and women in A Room of One’s Own. Be sure to cite and explain a passage from the text to support each argument.
  • b) How do Woolf’s ideas intersect with the previous feminist arguments? Has the movement shifted or changed from the Romantics to the Modern?
  • c) How is Mrs. Dalloway breaking traditional ideas of the novel as a genre?

Suggestions for Procedure:

1. Choose 2 or 3 quotes that are significant to the text. In other words, the quotes seem to state partially or wholly what the text is all about or to support the argument that you are making about the text. Make sure that the quotes that you choose either work together to express the point or express the same point.

2. The format that you might follow to incorporate your quotes into your paper is:

  • Introduce the quote/set it up for the reader.
  • Provide the quote.
  • Write what you think quote actually says.
  • Explain the quote’s significance to the text.
  • Explain the quote’s relationship to your overall idea/argument/main point about the text.

3. If you are struggling to begin, start writing your paper with the quotes. Really work on explaining them to the reader and on explaining their importance to the text. Then, work on the overall coherence of the paper by adding your introduction and conclusion last.