Cunningham’s Inheritance and Development of Woolf’s Idea of Androgyny
|Course||English Language and Literature|
|Keywords||Michael Cunningham The Hours Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway androgyny|
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.