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The great novelist Virginia Woolf was able to characterize persons of the opposite sex as convincingly as those of his own. In her book A Room of One's Own, published the year after Orlando, Virginia Woolf classified authors according to the androgyneity. The mention of intellect indicates directly enough that this theory is not alien to the general "metaphysic" of Virginia Woolf's art…
Woolf discusses the androgynous quality of the human mind, she states quite clearly: "Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the act of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated."
Of course Orlando has been given innumerable interpretations. It has been called "a study in multiple personality, and a protest against the too narrow labeling of anybody"; "a dynamic fantasia on the history of England's spirit"; Orlando is a fantasy and an allegory only on the surface; as an expression of its thought, the technique is functional and not mere virtuoso caprice.
Virginia Woolf's concept of androgyneity is not that there is really no difference between men and women. Only by intuitive perception can men and women be the same; to be a woman, then, is in this sense to be as different as possible from a manto know by intuition and intellect instead of by intellect alone.
The great novelist Virginia Woolf was able to characterize persons of the opposite sex as convincingly as those of his own. In her book A Room of One's Own, published the year after Orlando, Virginia Woolf classified authors according to the androgyneity. Noting that "neither Mr. Galsworthy nor Mr. Kipling has a spark of the woman in him. ...
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