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The Influence of Buddhist Androgyny on Woolf’s Androgyny -- A New Exploration of A Room of One’s Own

This paper makes an in-depth study of the formation of Woolf’s androgynous view, pointing out that its formation not only depends on the western background, but also is greatly influenced by Buddhism. Firstly, the connotations of Woolf’s androgynous view are summarized into three aspects: desexual connotation embedded in the “One”, dynamic trait represented by the “taxi” image, and psychological tendency embodied in androgynous writing. Then the western background resources for Woolf’s androgyny, feminism and psychoanalysis, are specifically analyzed. Finally, the logic of Buddhist androgyny affecting Woolf’s androgyny is illustrated: this paper defines Buddhist androgyny as a spiritual state dependent on sexual conversion, gender combination and desexualization, which is both the path of enlightenment and the fruit of enlightenment. Woolf’s androgyny works in the same way with Buddhist androgyny. Although Woolf herself had no direct connection with Buddhism, she was inevitably influenced by the widespread interest in it in her Bloomsbury circle, her husband’s strong support for it and her cousin’s eastward trip to Asia. The influence of Buddhism on the words and images in Woolf’s writing is also confirmed in her works, such as A Room of One’s Own. The three connotations of Woolf’s androgyny can be proved to be related to the influence of Buddhist androgyny.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Androgyny, Buddhism

APA Style

Wang, J., Wang, M. (2023). The Influence of Buddhist Androgyny on Woolf’s Androgyny -- A New Exploration of A Room of One’s Own. International Journal of Literature and Arts, 11(6), 244-252.

ACS Style

Wang, J.; Wang, M. The Influence of Buddhist Androgyny on Woolf’s Androgyny -- A New Exploration of A Room of One’s Own. Int. J. Lit. Arts 2023, 11(6), 244-252. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20231106.13

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Wang J, Wang M. The Influence of Buddhist Androgyny on Woolf’s Androgyny -- A New Exploration of A Room of One’s Own. Int J Lit Arts. 2023;11(6):244-252. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20231106.13

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