History, Historiography and the Marginal: Deconstruction and Subversion of Phallocentric Historical Discourse in Jeanette Winterson's Novel The Passion

Authors

  • Surinder Kaur S.G.A.D. Govt. College, Tarn Taran

Keywords:

History, marginal, metafiction, metanarrative, narrative, subversion, voice

Abstract

Postmodern narrative is distinctive for its innovative techniques in the genre of story- telling.
Breaking the patterns of linearity and entering into the realms of a character's psychology,
postmodern novel offers different narrative forms, interpretations and methods of analysis. It
incorporates the different techniques and strategies such as intertextuality, parody, pastiche, meta
fiction and magic realism. Hence the text becomes a battlefield of differing and contending voices
and viewpoints. Historiographic Meta-fiction is one such sub type of postmodern novel. The term
was given by Linda Hutcheon in 1989 in her book The Politics of Postmodernism. This genre
foregrounds a postmodern distrust of metanarratives. It sees official history and discourse as
constructed and contingent, pointing to the possibility of establishing counter historical
framework, hence expressing the plurality of meaning. As historiography voices only the dominant
events and turning them into historical facts while leaving out others, these other marginalized
groups are denied an official voice. The present paper analyzes Jeanette Winterson's novel The
Passion as a postmodern historiographic metafiction as it subverts the dominant historic voice by
voicing the other. Employing the elements of inter-textuality, fantasy, and non-linearity, the
narrative is set in 18th century France, the text challenges the traditional historical accounts and
patriarchal heterosexist discourse

Additional Files

Published

2016-10-03

How to Cite

Surinder Kaur. (2016). History, Historiography and the Marginal: Deconstruction and Subversion of Phallocentric Historical Discourse in Jeanette Winterson’s Novel The Passion. BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 6(4), 207-210. Retrieved from https://www.bricsjer.com/index.php/brics/article/view/189