DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, (A.M.U.)
My research paper focuses on exploring the feminist ideas in Virginia Woolf’s novel. I have discussed that how Woolf has used her ‘feminine’ and ‘androgynous’ perspective. Virginia’s feminine consciousness is the off-shoot of the gender discrimination which she herself felt in her own life. So, in the present novel I have also explored her autobiographical details. She made women’s rights as her subject. Woolf’s not only this novel but her other works also contribute for the representation and treatment of women, their social relationship between men and women. In To the Lighthouse, Woolf has deliberately created two contrasting characters where one represents ‘an ideal woman’ and the other ‘an angel in the house’ The writer of Victorian era Virginia Woolf is considered as the precursor of feminist movement although she did never ever called herself as a feminist but her works have strong presence of feminist stance.
Key Words: Feminism, Androgyny, Patriarchy, Feminine, Gender, Stereotype,