Cyberspace and the body: Jeanette Winterson's The Powerbook

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Abstract

Jeanette Winterson’s fiction is well known for its multiple border-crossings and fantastic journeys through space, time, genre and gender. Her fictional universes blur the boundaries between masculine and feminine, past and present, material and magical worlds. Her early novels, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry, employ diverse intertexts such as fairy tales, Grail legends and biblical stories, and a variety of chronotopes including the Napoleonic wars, carnival Venice and seventeenth-century London. In her latest novel, The.PowerBook, Winterson extends her exploration of the familiar motifs of storytelling, travel and time travel, discovery and self-discovery and the reinvention of bodies and selves, through a move into cyberspace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Fiction of the 1990's
EditorsNick Bentley
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages108-122
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203481677
ISBN (Print)9780415342575
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 May 2007

Keywords

  • Cyberspace
  • Body
  • Jeanette Winterson

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