Jeanette Winterson and Religion

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Emily McAvan
  • London: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , December
     208 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Since the publication of her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson quickly established herself as a powerful and insightful writer on sexuality and gender. However, the profound and persistent religious themes of her work have received much less critical attention.

Jeanette Winterson and Religion is the first in-depth study of the ways in which Winterson navigates the sacred and the profane in the full range of her writing, from her first novel to later works such as The PowerBook and The Stone Gods. This book reads the author's work alongside the theological turn in the thought of such theorists as Alain Badiou, John D. Caputo and Julia Kristeva as well as feminist and queer theologians such as Catherine Keller and Marcella Althaus-Reid. In this way, Jeanette Winterson and Religion reveals how Jeanette Winterson stakes out a unique and intriguing post-secular literary form of the sacred.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emily McAvan is sessional tutor at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of The Postmodern Sacred (2012).


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