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Roomscape: Women Writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf

Susan David Bernstein


Drawing on archival materials around the Reading Room of the British Museum, this book integrates documentary, theoretical, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this public interior space for women writers and their treatment of reading and writing spaces in literary texts. It challenges an assessment of the Reading Room as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image firmly established by Virginia Woolf's 1929 A Room of One's Own and the legions of feminist scholarship that upholds this spatial conceit. The book argues not only that the British Museum Reading R ... More

Keywords: women writers, Reading Room, British Museum, gender privilege, Virginia Woolf, feminist scholarship, women's literary traditions, privacy, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640652
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan David Bernstein, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison