Magic Realism In Jeanette Winterson's Sexing The Cherry

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Jeanette Winterson’s novella, Sexing the Cherry, tells the story of the journeys taken by a mother, the extremely huge and grotesque Dog-woman and her protégé, Jordan (Farwell 168). Sexing the Cherry can be defined as a magic realist novel through Winterson’s incorporation of numerous fantastic elements into the story (Usman 57). One could state that boundaries do not exist in the story as Winterson intertwines historical fact with fantasy in this novella (Usman 57). The characters, and happenings in the novella are both historic and fantastical, however the “realistic historical context is subverted” by the fact that the characters “cross the boundary between fantasy and reality by the merging of characters and events from different points in time”, such as the co-existence of the main characters in both the twentieth and sixteenth century (Usman…show more content…
In Sexing the Cherry, through the view of the Dog-woman about Puritan England, and the execution of the King, Winterson “provides substitute histories to conventional patriarchal history” (Usman 65). This not only critisises the objectivity of conventional history but also emphasizes the beginning of “plural histories of marginalized persons”(Usman 65). On his travels, Jordan meets characters from fairytales such as the Twelve Dancing Princesses who distort the traditional fairytale ending and the story is rewritten from a feminist point of view (Usman 65). Through her use of new historicism, fantasy, and magic realism, aided by the historical and fantastic settings, grotesque characters, and unusual images, and by undermining official history, blurring the boundaries between fact and fantasy, and subverting the gender roles, Winterson in Sexing the Cherry “criticizes the already established norms that are attributed to women by patriarchy” (Usman
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