WHO CRIES FOR WHOM?: THE SUBTLE APPLICATION AND THE REDEFINITION OF GENDERS AND ANDROGYNY IN WOOLF’S ORLANDO

Open Access
Author:
Clapper, Jordan Michael
Area of Honors:
English
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Lawrence Caserio Jr., Thesis Supervisor
  • Janet Wynne Lyon, Honors Advisor
  • Linda Furgerson Selzer, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Orlando
  • androgyny
  • gender
  • The Well of Loneliness
  • Herculine Barbin
Abstract:
This paper examines the androgynous model presented in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Operating within the boundaries of sex-gender models and roles of her present time, she presented her subtle, redefined version of femininity and masculinity and their combinatory effects within the sexed, androgynous individual. This model differs from others, in both literature and in autobiographical documents, in that Orlando’s androgyny does not make the subject gender-neutral but gender-inclusive.