A Room Of One 's Own By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly 's Vindication For The Rights Of Man

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The idea of feminist artwork has become a generally accepted notion within the last several decades due to the uprising of feminist artists and their refusal to be cast aside. The relationship that the visual and performance arts has to the art of literature is an obvious one and just like with all other creative fields, they feed off of one another. What is not so often thought of, however, is the relationship of contemporary feminist art and more historical literature. Looking at texts like Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s Vindication for the Rights of Man, one is able to draw direct parallels between those subtly feminist works and the pieces of early feminist art. Obviously, Virginia Woolf’s frame of reference about feminism is more narrow than today’s view of the word as her time period and overall culture limited her to a certain degree. Yet in her essay, Woolf is able to make statements that very clearly align with the principles of feminist artwork, particularly the installation of the Womanhouse piece (1972) by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Both pieces of work showcase the blatant disregard that society has for females and why it’s a necessity for women to have “a room of their own.” In the first chapter of Woolf’s essay, she discusses the idea of revisions and their relationship to the viewer/observer, “To think of Milton changing the words in a poem seemed a sort of sacrilege.” To relate Woolf’s idea of revision to…

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