If you've ever wondered why the majority of historical writers are male rather than female, Virginia Woolf may have an answer for you. A video analysis of A Room of One's Own details Woolf's argument about women's stifled role in the literary world, and uses her imaginary character, Judith Shakespeare, to illustrate her point.
- Connect to Women's History Month when discussing the advantages that women have not traditionally been able to enjoy
- Encourage learners to think about other male historical figures and consider the ways their lives — and the development of their ideas — would have changed had they been born women
- Refer to the publisher's website to find the full video analysis, as this resource is a short sample
- Display the video in full-screen mode to avoid projecting the comment section, which is open to the public and full of opinions
- Portrays a topical argument in an explanatory way
- Encourages critical thinking and literary analysis skills
- A great companion to a reading of Woolf's work