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Feminist and lesbian strategies of reading and the novels of Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson

Luis, C 2010, Feminist and lesbian strategies of reading and the novels of Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    This thesis examines strategies of feminist and lesbian reading in relation to the novels of Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson, focusing primarily on Waters's Affinity (1999) and The Night Watch (2006), and Winterson's Sexing the Cherry (1989), Written on the Body (1992), and The PowerBook (2000). Three strategies of reading reading as romance, reading as quest and reading as revision are developed and explored, one in each chapter, in an effort to address the overarching question of this thesis: how do we read as feminists and/or lesbians? This question generates two subsequent research questions which frame the readings of Waters's and Winterson's novels offered in the individual chapters of this thesis. In the case of Winterson's fiction and particularly in Chapter Two, this question is, how useful is it to continue to read Winterson as a "lesbian writer?" In the case of Waters's fiction and particularly in Chapter Three, this question is, is Waters's project really to write the lesbian back into history? Together, these questions reflect a more general research question which draws together the fiction of Waters and Winterson by asking, how can readings of both writers' work move beyond the expectations placed on the "lesbian author"? This thesis contributes original research to the field of contemporary women's writing by advancing new ideas and arguments which aim to widen the contexts in which the fiction of these two authors is read. In the case of Winterson's fiction, an original reading is presented which establishes the significance of her fiction to a literary tradition of narrative romance. In the case of Waters's fiction, an original reading is presented which establishes the revisionary project of her fiction as a concern to enable the reading of history from a lesbian reading position.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Greene, J(Supervisor)
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 15:54
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26784

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