QUESTIONING ONESELF: DIFFERENT FACES OF IDENTIY PRESENTED IN JEANETTE WINTERSON’S SELECTED WORKS

Małgorzata Wronka

Abstract


This paper investigates identity problems following the life of Jeanette Winterson and the fictional character of her work The Passion. The article seeks answers scrutinizing Freud’s accounts of conflict theory, childhood experiences, the significance of unconsciousness, and drives of libido, which find their reflection in the social, gender, and sexual identity inadequacies presented by Winterson. The discussion centers on the issue of the true self and the attempt at (re)stabilizing the self-image, which construction is hindered by both the personal indeterminacy and conformity to the standardized by the orthodox society norms. Literary analysis of chosen examples aims at regulating whether there is
a possibility of (re)defining one’s own identity despite past influences.

Keywords


Jeanette Winterson; identity; psychoanalysis; Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit; The Passion

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DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.17561/grove.v24.a10

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