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Cunningham’s Inheritance and Development of Woolf’s Idea of Androgyny

Author LiZhengJia
Tutor ZhangMeiMei
School Jilin University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords Michael Cunningham The Hours Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway androgyny
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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The contemporary American writer Michael Cunningham wins renown in literary circles for his Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction The Hours. By recreating Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, Cunningham pays his highest tributes to Woolf remotely.Woolf considers that“a great mind is androgynous”. Cunningham practices her ideal, and further explains that androgyny is the best state of gender relations, which reflects his ideology for the pursuit of dialogic fusion between the two genders. This thesis firstly examines the concept and theoretical basis of androgyny. And then it studies Cunningham’s inheritance and development of Woolf’s idea of androgyny, focusing on such aspects as characterization, symbolic images, and time model for narration.

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