Foreign bodies : the grotesque body in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson

Part of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.11, No.1, 2003, pages 81-93

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Bodies wrestling against social and cultural regulation
Referring to the ideas of Mary Russo, Julia Kristeva and other postmodern critics and theorists, my essay discusses the representation of the grotesque body and its significance in terms of gender and sexual orientation in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion, Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body. Winterson, as I illustrate, utilises the motif of the grotesque body subversively, employing it to celebrate the material dimension of existence, to interrogate and critique the mysoginistic image of the monstrous feminine and to resignify the boundaries of the abject. The motif is relevant not only to her portrayal of character but also to her treatment of narrative and imagery. It finds expression in her use of imagery and narrative, as well as informing the intertextual aspect of her writing.
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