SAMLET_PROJEKT - Master\u2019s Thesis August 2008 Maj-Britt Boll Jensen Aalborg University Table of Contents 1 INTRODUCTION.1 1.1 METHODOLOGY

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Master’s Thesis August 2008Maj-Britt Boll Jensen Aalborg University___________________________________________________________________________Table of Contents1. INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................11.1. METHODOLOGY- STRUCTURINGTHESUBJECT................................................................42. CONNECTING TEXTS.......................................................................................................52.1. INTERTEXTUALITY: STRUCTURALISTORIGINVS. POSTMODERNBROADENING...............52.2. SEPARATINGPASTICHEFROMSATIRICALPARODY...........................................................72.3. PARATEXTANDALLUSION: INDICATORSOFINTERTEXTUALREFERENCING..................102.4. DEPLOYMENTOFTERMS................................................................................................113. WOOLF’S PROJECT........................................................................................................124. FACT AND FICTION IN THE PASSION– PASTICHING WOOLF’S EXPRESSIVE AND THEMATIC STYLE.....................................................................................................184.1. PASTICHINGABROADENINGPERSPECTIVEOFNARRATIVE...........................................194.2. PASTICHINGABROADENINGPERSPECTIVEOFPLOT.....................................................244.2.1. Fact, Fiction and Feeling – A Comparison to Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway..................254.2.2. History and Fantasy – Comparison to Woolf’s Orlando – A Biography................314.2.3. Poetry – Pastiching a Poetic Plot and Expression.................................................374.2.4. In Sum.....................................................................................................................424.3. PASTICHINGWOOLFSTHEMATICSTYLE.......................................................................454.3.1. The Allusion to Cross-Dressing..............................................................................454.3.2. Pastiching the Theme of Marriage.........................................................................474.3.3. Pastiching the Theme of Time.................................................................................485. CONCLUSION...................................................................................................................51BIBLIOGRAPHY...................................................................................................................58Abstract....................................................................................................................................620
Master’s Thesis August 2008Maj-Britt Boll Jensen Aalborg University___________________________________________________________________________1. INTRODUCTION“Judge the work not the writer” (Winterson 1996a: 192). Thus sounds the claim from Britishauthor Jeanette Winterson, and this is just one of many factors drawing attention to her workand, despite the claim, her persona. When regarding her oeuvre, this initial statement suggeststhat one should preferably disregard Winterson’s personal factors, which include age, class,gender, sexuality, marital status and religion. Nonetheless, I mention a few here – not for thepurpose of judging, but introducing. Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester in 1959,given up for adoption and raised in Accrington by strict Evangelist parents. Though theyhindered Winterson in her passion for reading, she has worked with reading and writing eversince finishing her English studies at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. She is a homosexual,has never married, and there is no denying that Winterson’s work touches upon lesbianismand gender stereotypes and makes use of postmodern traits such as intertextuality and genremixing. Adding her claim that “[…] the book, itself, will prove more than its writer” (ibid:160), that is, possibly expressing more than the author intended or was conscious about, thesefactors invite and partly explain the repeated use of the theoretical approaches of lesbianism,feminism and postmodernism to Winterson’s work. These approaches have resulted in a widerange of themes and criticisms.Winterson’s portrayal of gender is by some feminist readers thought to be a politicalbetrayal, since the genders are displayed as equal rather than reversing the hierarchy, placingwomen over men (Pearce 1994: 173). Also, her alleged disruption of gender stereotypes is bysome meant to rely on those stereotypes itself (Andermahr 2007: 39). For instance, criticsHelena Grice and Tim Woods claim that Winterson connects men with science and women

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