Writing with Virginia Woolf, not Afraid

  • Elizabeth Mackinlay


I first read the work of British modernist writer Virginia Woolf more than a decade ago and it was life changing in terms of the way I began to approach my writing as an academic feminist. In this chapter, I write for, with and to the promise her writing holds for becoming critical and embodied as autoethnographer. In particular, Woolf’s unmistakenly feminist extended essay A room of one’s own first published in 1929, provides inspiration for finding and fighting for the freedom to think and write as women and to think and write as a woman in particular kinds of ways. Woolf’s stream of consciousness and fluid writing style is explored and played with in this chapter as an approach to autoethnographic writing that might draw attention to the luminous halo of life which lay just beyond the cotton wool of the everyday.


  1. Woolf, V. (1929/2001). A room of one’s own. London: Vintage Press.Google Scholar
  2. Woolf, V. (1980). The diary of Virginia Woolf, volume III: 1925–1930 (A. E. Bell, Ed.). London: Hogarth Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
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  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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