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A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

  

by Virginia Woolf

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

PG

This isn't exactly a book about Mary Beton's amorous adventures. But there is a bit of sex in this book, especially if you read carefully. Mary Beton talks a bit about overt sex scenes in literature when she's critiquing "Mr. A.," a novelist. His matter-of-fact scenes are "somehow dull. Shakespeare's indecency uproots a thousand other things in one's mind, and is far from being dull" (6.4). So, for Mary, a good sex scene has to be, well, fecund.

Which is exactly what the book's only "sex scene" is. We put the phrase in quotation marks because it's not a literal sex scene; it's a metaphor about the male and female parts of a writer's mind coming together to produce literature (6.9). But it's hot.

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