OCR: Paper 2 Women in literature
Jeanette Winterson’s semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) is famous for its tensions between fiction and reality, drawing as it does on her own experiences of growing up in an adopted household. Critic Adam Mars-Jones describes Oranges as ‘an erratic piece of writing, with oddities of structure and point of view’ (Mars-Jones 2012). This ‘erratic’ nature could be attributed to the many layers of narrative and references to other stories which interweave with Jeanette’s tale. Understanding this intertextuality is crucial to an understanding of the novel’s meaning.
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