Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Alexandra Wettlaufer, French, discusses Cunningham's and Woolf's

Virginia Woolf's groundbreaking novel, Mrs. Dalloway, traces a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party at her home in London. Michael Cunningham's The Hours uses Woolf's life and her novel as a point of departure as he juxtaposes three narratives, focusing on a day in the lives of three women: Virginia Woolf; Mrs. Brown, a woman reading Mrs. Dalloway in 1950s California; and Clarissa, a woman preparing for a party at her home in Greenwich Village in the late 1990s. Mrs.

Tue, September 5, 2006 | at her home (map will be available in the Plan II office)

7:00 PM

Sponsoring professor Alexandra Wettlaufer is an Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Associate Director of Plan II. Her fields of specialization include interdisciplinary studies, nineteenth-century literature and painting, and gender studies. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, she has been an ACLS Fellow, a Dean's Fellow and a Clark Art Institute Fellow in Williamstown, MA. Her publications include Pen vs Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion (Palgrave, 2001) and In the Mind's Eye: The Visual Impulse in Diderot, Baudelaire and Ruskin. In 2000 she received the President's Associates' Teaching Award. She has two children and wishes she had enough time for hobbies!

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