Why read it? In the Victorian era and probably in every era in which women were the “protected” sex (from the age of chivalry on), men ruled the world and women stayed home, had babies and were kept away from life. On the other hand, men had every opportunity to experience life and were thus able to write interesting books. Women did not have access to life. Therefore, they could not write. That’s Virginia Woolf’s thesis.
Given a room of her own and enough wealth to live on, women may write, but they cannot write as women; they can’t write out of spite, anger, or sense of injustice. They must write as Shakespeare wrote with no bias as he looked at human comedy and tragedy. The mind of a great writer must be androgynous; the marriage of the male and female mind must be consummated. Then, women will write great fiction.
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