The art of love

Susana Onega

in Jeanette Winterson

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719068386
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701126 | DOI:
The art of love

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This chapter focuses on the novel Written on the Body. The publication of Written on the Body marked a change from the structural complexity of Sexing the Cherry, with its duplications and intertwining of narrative voices and historical periods, by turning back to the simplicity of the single narrative voice of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. However, as in Winterson's first novel, this simplicity is more apparent than real; in the case of Written on the Body because the gender and physical aspect of the autodiegetic narrator are never made explicit, thus suggesting that s/he enjoys the type of bisexuality Jordan achieved in Sexing the Cherry at the end of his quest for individuation.

Keywords: Jeanette Winterson; women writers; women authors; lesbian writers; Written on Body; Sexing the Cherry; narrative voice; bisexuality

Chapter.  19785 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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