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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 This book was submitted as PhD dissertation in 2007. It is the result of several years' work and has been supported throughout by individuals to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. My special thanks to Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Bialas for his invaluable help and intellectual guidance. Without his support and insightful observations this project would not have been possible at all. I would also like to thank Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Kalaga for helpful comments an some parts of the book presented as work-in-progress during several conferences as well as for the final review of the book.

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