Nicolas Boileau : Woolf’s feminisms – peace, freedom and subjection

Abstract

In the following presentation, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is analysed as a text that paradoxically shows Woolf’s resistance to feminist ideas. This presentation revolves around an ongoing project on women’s resistance to feminism that is being carried out at Aix-Marseille University. The question raised in the Women and the F-word project is: how can we account for women’s reluctance or refusal to be identified as feminists? What feminism, or what aspect of feminist ideas, is targeted by women covertly opposing it? By returning to Woolf’s text, Nicolas Pierre BOILEAU argues that the place of Woolf’s resistance is in her authorial stance and her enunciation, for the author does not oppose the patriarchal institution only, but all discourses which she relentlessly seeks to challenge.

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