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The Legacy of Virginia Woolf: The Mother of English Literature

  • Posted on February 9, 2023
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  • By Akta Yadav
Virginia Woolf:-
Virginia Woolf is one among the most celebrated English writers and perhaps, the most dominating female English writer among the 20th century authors. Her writings depicted extraordinary themes of feminism and liberty, concepts that were hardly spoken of by the 20th century authors. Virginia Woolf’s Childhood Virginia Woolf was born on 25th January 1882 and was schooled at home. Later on, she studied at King’s College, London and soon came in touch with reformers associated with women’s rights movements and higher education for women. The Legacy of Virginia Woolf: The Mother of English Literature The Legacy of Virginia Woolf: The Mother of English Literature     Virginia Woolf’s Married Life Virginia Woolf was spouse to Leonard Woolf. Leonard admired Virginia Woolf’s intellect a lot. He even described the English writer as “the most Victorian of Victorian young ladies”. The duo founded the Hogarth press where much of Virginia Woolf’s works were published. It is believed that the couple never consummated their marriage since Virginia Woolf was interested in women and Leonard Woolf was androgynous. What Made Virginia Woolf’s Writings Different? Virginia Woolf is celebrated as a modernist and feminist English writer among the 20th century authors. She not only wrote stories and novels but also diaries, journals and letters. The 20th century was marked by social stereotypes for genders which were never questioned by individuals, however Virginia Woolf was way ahead of her time. ‘A Room of One’s Own’ and ‘Three Guineas’ are two of Virginia Woolf’s works reflecting her feminist side at its best. The renowned English writer had even refused the patriarchal honorary degrees from Liverpool and Manchester during her lifetime. She propagated her idea of social gender justice. According to the English writer, Virginia Woolf, the female sex was not higher than the male sex in any way. She believed that both the sexes were different and unique in their own ways and both sexes must acknowledge the differences between them welcomingly and not as a criteria for inferiorizing the other gender. Virginia Woolf’s modernist side is reflected from themes such as imagination, time travel, transformation of gender roles and the dreadful impact of war in her works. Virginia Woolf’s first modernist writing that gained huge fame and established her as a modernist writer among the 20th century authors was ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. Virginia Woolf herself stated, “My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?” Virginia Woolf’s Mental Illness Despite her highly creative brain in the field of English literature, Virginia Woolf received formal treatment for being suicidal and depressed. Reportedly, the English writer even attempted suicide twice. She suffered from Bipolar disorder, an illness in which one forgets one’s actual identity temporarily and perceives oneself to be someone else. It has been found that her bipolar disorder was attributed to her family background. Virginia Woolf was sexually exploited by her half siblings for a prolonged period in her childhood. Despite having faced such hardships in her life, Virginia Woolf succeeded in establishing her name as the most influential female English writer among the 20th century authors. The Legacy of Virginia Woolf: The Mother of English Literature The Legacy of Virginia Woolf: The Mother of English Literature   For more updates keep visiting our website where we provide unbiased, true and top stories of the world.
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