A Virginia Woolf of One's Own: Consequences of Adaptation in Michael Cunningham's The Hours A Virginia Woolf of One's Own: Consequences of Adaptation in Michael Cunningham's The Hours
My reaction to the fictionalization of Virginia Woolf in The Hours mirrors Brenda Silver’s sentiment in the introduction to her book Virginia Woolf: Icon: “My distrust of those who would fix [Virginia Woolf] into any single position, either to praise her or to blame her, remains my strongest motivation” (5). The vast discrepancy between the one dimensionality of Mrs. Woolf, The Hours’ character, and the complexity in Virginia Woolf’s identity that becomes apparent to a reader of her fictional and autobiographical writing reveals the extent to which Cunningham and the filmmakers simplify Virginia Woolf’s identity to fit their adaptations. My motivation in writing this thesis is in drawing attention to the ways in which The Hours fixes Virginia Woolf into a single position and the resulting effects The Hours may have on future interpretations of Virginia Woolf.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:adaptation identity feminism sexuality virginia woolf michael cunningham the hours mrs dalloway
Date of Publication:08/01/2007