Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
A story with a twist : Cunningham responde a Woolf – Mrs.Dalloway e The Hours
Maria de Deus Duarte
AbstractVirginia Woolf’s Mrs.Dalloway (1925) is widely perceived as an object of study, particularly, though by no means exclusively, in the fast growing area of women’s literature. Michael Cunningham’s novel The Hours (1998) is based on this novel, where Woolf uses an ordinary day in the life of a relatively ordinary woman, Clarissa Dalloway, who scours the streets of London always alert to transcendence’s capacity for inhabiting what might look, to the untrained eye, like nothing more than a woman shopping. Woolf was revolutionary as she insisted that the experience of a fifty-two-year-old woman going to buy flowers on a summer day, with a fine-grained attention to the unlimited worlds and changes a single hour can contain, was a more than sufficient subject for a modern novel. The post-modern The Hours, progressing in a fuguelike fashion, but controlling the three related, intertwined stories of Mrs. Woolf, Laura and Clarissa, opens with the chilling description of the writer’s suicide, in 1941. Revealing Cunningham’s identification with his mentor, whose dead he dramatizes, The Hours is not a replica of Woolf’s style, nor a sequel, but a passionate homage to the brilliant British writer, and an attempt at osmosis with the spirit of the quest for perfection in her novel-writing strategies. The questions she asked about the novel remain urgent and actual, in spite of the apocalyptic views that foretell its end.
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