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Virginia Woolf et ses « petites sœurs » : Relire A Room of One’s Own au prisme de sa postérité littéraire, critique et féministe dans l’espace Atlantique anglophone des années soixante à nos jours

Abstract : Generally considered to be a landmark of 20th century feminist literary criticism, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own has known, since its publication in 1929, many afterlives across the world, especially in the Anglophone transatlantic space. This thesis aims at bringing to light and analysing A Room of One’s Own’s Anglo-American literary, critical and feminist posterity from the 1960s to the present day. Articulated around three main perspectives (“Rooms of Our Own”, “A Literature of (T)He(i)r Own” and “A Voice of One’s Own”), this study of A Room of One’s Own’s posterity tackles many of the concerns which have formed the core of women’s literature and feminist criticism in the last decades, such as the material conditions of writing, women’s place in history and in the literary canon, and the articulation between writing, gender identity and consciousness. By analysing A Room of One’s Own and its posterity, this work thus offers a reflection on “women, gender and fiction” from the turn of the 20th century to the turn of the 21st century, and highlights the many ways in which contemporary authors, critics and feminists have questioned this articulation while establishing a dialogue with A Room of One’s Own, carrying on Woolf’s endeavour, but also qualifying and, sometimes contradicting the various conclusions she draws in her essay. As such, this thesis not only maps out A Room of One’s Own’s posterity but it also offers a re-reading of Woolf’s text thanks to the light cast by its literary, critical, and feminist heritage.
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Valérie Favre. Virginia Woolf et ses « petites sœurs » : Relire A Room of One’s Own au prisme de sa postérité littéraire, critique et féministe dans l’espace Atlantique anglophone des années soixante à nos jours. Littératures. Université Lumière Lyon 2, 2021. Français. ⟨tel-03347184⟩

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