Pranvera Lekaj


The aim of this study is to demonstrate the gender language in the novels of Virginia Woolf. At the time Woolf was experimenting with language and also with ideas regarding gender and relationships between the sexes. She is one of the best known feminist writers. She resisted to the gender hierarchy in the society. Her writings are as much real today as it were then. They are reminder of how much women have done and how much must be done yet so as to achieve gender equality.

This study investigates three research questions, such as: What are the origins of Woolf’s gendered language?; How is gendered language expressed in her writings?; and Is Woolf’s gendered language a product of nature or culture, or eventually both? Five of Woolf’s most popular works are elaborated here, such as Orlando, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One’s View, and The Waves, and it is shown how her personal life experience influence her works. But first, there is a glance at her life because no exploration of her works will be complete without knowing some of the basic facts about her.

This study also considers the phenomenon in her writing that is different but yet part of her feminist ideals – the subject of gender apprehension. Woolf had struggled all of her life against different forms of gender apprehension. This study also explores what gender apprehension means in the works and life of Virginia Woolf regarding the marginalization within the family circle and the liberation from the feminine stereotypes, as well as avoiding relationships that accentuate men before women.

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, feminism, gender, language, marginalization, female, male.

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