Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Jennifer Maier
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Traynor Hansen
Virginia Woolf, Modernism, Urban Experience, Flâneur, Domestic Space, Interiority
In this project I explore Virginia Woolf’s modernist preoccupation with representing ordinary, female life in her fiction. Reading her novel Mrs. Dalloway alongside some of her more explicitly feminist essays, I analyze the way that her female protagonist, Clarissa, navigates the physical world around her, and why the spaces she occupies are so crucial to her character. Because I am primarily interested in the question of feminine space, this project is divided in two parts that respectively explore Clarissa’s relationship with the “outside” world of the city and the “inside” world of her home. It is my belief that by making a physical space on the page for the everyday woman, Woolf celebrates the often trivialized experiences of domesticity and femininity while simultaneously expanding the definition of what it means to have a novel-worthy story.
Hawkinson, Annika, "Making Room for One's Own: Literal and Literary Feminine Space in the Works of Virginia Woolf" (2020). Honors Projects. 141.