How Virginia Woolf Inspired the Bechdel Test

Some people might be surprised to know that the Bechdel Test was indirectly inspired by Virginia Woolf’s non-fiction book A Room of One’s Own, which was published in 1929. The Bechdel Test is a famous feminist benchmark for movies which first originated in a comic strip by Alison Bechdel in 1985. The test uses three … Read more

Virginia Woolf on Henry David Thoreau

In July of 1917, Virginia Woolf wrote an article commemorating the 100th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth for the Times Literary Supplement. Woolf was an admirer of American writers like Thoreau and felt American writers were more inventive and adventurous than any British writer to date. What is interesting about this essay is that, … Read more

Mrs. Ramsay’s Ephemeral Art in To The Lighthouse

The following is a guest post by Kitti Tóth. Tóth is a PhD student in Modern English and American Doctoral Programme at Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University. She became a Woolf enthusiast when she was an undergraduate student. She is currently working on her dissertation in which she examines the role(s) of art and artistic activity … Read more

The Private Sphere in May Sinclair’s The Divine Fire & Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day

The following is a guest post by Kirsty Hewitt. Hewitt is in her final year of a Research Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow, following a taught Master’s at King’s College London. She is currently writing a dissertation which examines the female body and mind through work by Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Katherine … Read more

Stream of Consciousness as a Literary Technique

The following is a guest post by Kitti Tóth. Tóth is a PhD student in Modern English and American Doctoral Programme at Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University. She became a Woolf enthusiast when she was an undergraduate student. She is currently working on her dissertation in which she examines the role(s) of art and artistic activity … Read more

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf published her nonfiction book Three Guineas on June 2, 1938 as a sequel to A Room Of One’s Own. The book’s original title was Professions for Women and it was intended to be a novel-essay with alternating fiction and nonfiction chapters. Eventually, Virginia separated the fiction and nonfiction sections. The nonfiction section became … Read more

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

The Waves, published on October 8, 1931, is considered one of Virginia Woolf‘s most experimental novels. Instead of a plot-driven story, the stream-of-consciousness novel is told in a series of soliloquies by its many characters. The book is one of Virginia’s later novels and was written around the same time as A Room of One’s … Read more

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

To The Lighthouse, published on May 5, 1927, is one of Virginia Woolf‘s best known books and is considered by many critics to be one of the most influential English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel is a semi-autobiographical work that explores Virginia’s unresolved issues with her deceased parents as well as her obsession … Read more

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf is an extended essay first published on October 24, 1929. The essay is based on two lectures titled Women and Fiction that Virginia Woolf gave at two women’s colleges, Newnham and Girton College, in October of 1928. Angry about her own lack of an education and limited … Read more