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Transgressing Boundaries in Jeanette Winterson’s Fiction

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The subsequent chapters of the book deal with selected questions from Jeanette Winterson’s fiction, such as gender issues, love and eroticism, language and time, constituting areas within which Winterson’s characters seek their identity. As they contest and repudiate clichés, stereotypes and patterns, their journey of self-discovery is accomplished through transgression. The book analyzes how the subversion of phallogocentric narrative and scenarios entails the reenvisaging of relations between the genders and reconceptualization of female desire. The author attempts to determine the consequences of Winterson’s manipulations with gender, sexuality and time, and her disruption of the binary system.

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Acknowledgements 7 Introduction 9 I. What if image smashed the glass?' — The Mise-en-scne of the Conflict 19 II. `It's the clichs that cause the trouble.' — Looking for the Language of Rapture 49 III. 'Take off your clothes. Take off your body.' — Erotic Configurations and the World of Collapsed Binaries 101 IV. Somewhere it is still in the original' — The Quest 131 V. "The path not taken and the forgotten angle" — Time, Memory, and History 159 Conclusions 201 Bibliography 205

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