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OLIVIA N'GOWFRI - OF ONE WOMAN OR SO is a novella that was written by rearranging each and every word of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

Engaging with the themes of its source text, it tells the story of a young woman's radical challenge to literary conservatism in the traditionalist, elitist environment of the University of Cambridge. Set 80 years after A Room of One's Own was published, it playfully celebrates Woolf's canonical work by bringing contemporary critiques to bear upon it - posing questions brought on by the historical changes between 1929 and the present day. As the old words are given new contexts and meanings, they reveal the connections and tensions between the voices of Virginia Woolf and Olivia N'Gowfri, reflecting cultural changes in race, sex, class, and the role and power of literature.

While the complex writing method largely relied upon careful reference to computer word lists, when finished, Kabe Wilson turned 'Of One Woman or So' into a visual artwork that gives texture to the vast project of collage. On a 4x13ft sheet of paper, all 145 pages of the novella are displayed - with each word individually cut out of a copy of A Room of One's Own and stuck together in the new order. Wilson's punctuation and formatting changes have been added in pen on top of Woolf's words, to show how the two artists collaborated across time to create one unique work.

More details of the project may be viewed in the interview with Dr. Malachi McIntosh below.