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Woolf encompasses literature and literary criticism from a feminine prospective. Rosenman writes that “Woolf has become a literary foremother to later women writers and critics” (xi). Woolf understands that literature will be immeasurably enriched with an influx of uniquely feminine creativity and scholarship. Woolf wisely realizes that literature comprised solely of feminine forms and creations would be as unnatural as the male-dominated writings of past generations. She speaks strongly for the creation of woman’s tradition, yet acknowledges that masculine traditions must continue to be incorporated into the arts. The “ordinary sight of two people [a male and a femalel getting into a cab" (Woolf 96) is "raised to symbolic significance to suggest the restored

unity of the sexes" (Zwerdling 260). Woolf's ideal writer has an androgynous mind that she likens to Shakespeare's and describes as "resonant and porous . . . transmit[ting] without impediment . . . naturally creative, incandescent and undivided” (98). Jones writes that “such a mind comprehends and transcends the feelings of both sexes” (233). Woolf’s description of the “two powers [which] preside” in the soul (96) has found “some support in recent neuropsychological work on right-left brain hemisphericity” (Delany 195). Jones also emphasizes the fact “that men and women perceive the world differently, pursue knowledge differently, and create art differently is central to Woolf’s vision” (233). A truly great writer will be comfortable with her own

femininity, and will write without the consciousness that she is writing as a woman. She will understand and celebrate both the differences and the similarities between the sexes. Woolf uses her own creativity to model women’s right to demand equality in the artistic world. She believes that if women’s education, freedom, and equality continue to improve, and if women are able to secure private space and income, it may only take another century for women writers to take their place in the history of genius (113). Janis Paul comments that Woolf “saw with perfect clarity into the future of literature, yet she never ceased to look over her shoulder at the ghosts of the past” (47). Woolf would be pleased to discover that less that one hundred years after her “elegy . . . in

a college courtyard for all our female dead, the reformers, the pioneers, the artists, buried like Shakespeare’s sister, in unmarked graves” (Marcus, Virginia 86), Judith Shakespeare is indeed alive and well. She is experiencing life outside the confines of her home and family; she is educated and independent. She has a room of her own, and she is creating masterpieces in the great feminine literary tradition established by the origional Judith Shakespeare–Virginia Woolf. . Beja, Morris. Critical Essays on Virginia Woolf. Critical Essays on Modern British Literature. Boston: Hall, 1985. Bell, Quentin. Virginia Woolf: A Biography. New York: Harvest-Harcourt, 1972. Benstock, Shari, ed. Feminist Zssues in Literary Scholarship. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987. Burt, John.

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