Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Alexandra Wettlaufer, French, discusses Cunningham's and Woolf's
Tue, September 5, 2006 • 7:00 PM • at her home (map will be available in the Plan II office)
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.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!