"But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction"
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A Room of One's Own is based on two papers given originally to the Arts Society at Newnham College, Cambridge and the ODtaa (One Damn thing after another) Society at Girton College, Cambridge – hence the suggestion in the opening sentence that Virginia Woolf is addressing an audience. At the time the lectures were given, both Newnham and Girton were women-only colleges; Newnham remains so, but Girton began admitting male undergraduate students in 1979.

 

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