Virginia Woolf’s Androgynous Feminist Tendency in Orlando: A Biography

Mengyuan HAO, Rongying ZHENG


Virginia Woolf is one of the great stream-of-consciousness novelists of the 20th century and a pioneer of feminism. The core of her feminist ideology, androgyny, is best reflected in Orlando: A Biography, in which the author strongly criticizes the oppression of women in a patriarchal society, but at the same time opposes extreme gender antagonism. Woolf believes that there are two parts in every person’s mind, male and female, and that only when the two parts are integrated can the ideal state be achieved. This is also true for literature, as only writers with androgynous characteristics can produce the greatest works.



Virginia Woolf; Androgyny; Orlando: A Biography

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