Petrifying attachments: fear and safety in Jeanette Winterson's tanglewreck and the battle of the sun

Armitt, Lucie (2013) Petrifying attachments: fear and safety in Jeanette Winterson's tanglewreck and the battle of the sun. International Research in Children's Literature, 6 (1). pp. 62-75. ISSN 1755-6198

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This article focuses on Jeanette Winterson's two most extended works of fiction for children, Tanglewreck and The Battle of the Sun, identifying them as narratives of longing and adventure engaging directly with questions of childhood fear and safety. In 2007 I wrote an article on Winterson's adult fiction which focused on her use of vertical imagery. Using such vertiginous drops, I argued, Winterson explores the perilous opportunities afforded by disengaging from a woman-centred storytelling tradition, thus enabling her to 'go it alone'. In Tanglewreck and The Battle of the Sun, these vertical images return and are again connected with questions of attachment and disengagement, yet now with an increasingly overt agenda of negotiating maternal separation anxiety. In Winterson's 2011 memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, the journey of the first-person narrator, as she travels from child to adulthood, is shrouded in fears linked to lost origins and a safe sense of belonging. As this article shows, these are also the issues facing Silver and Jack, the child protagonists of Tanglewreck and The Battle of the Sun. © 2013 Edinburgh University Press.

Additional Information:Available online July 2013
Keywords:Jeanette Winterson, children's literature, memoir, adventure, storytelling
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 16:25

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