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“Here Was One Room, There Another”: The Room, Authorship, and Feminine Desire in A Room of One’s Own and Mrs. Dalloway


This article examines Virginia Woolf’s literary and theoretical conceptualizations of the room as a space that is indistinguishable from, rather than merely occupied by, woman. As a space that renders indeterminate the difference between fact and fiction, the room is a material space that also functions ideologically and fantastically to signify femininity. Woolf uses this indeterminacy to explore the possibility of representing female desire and subjectivity.