Discuss Jeanette Winterson’s exploration of sexuality and identity in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Module: Twentieth Century Women Novelists (Level 6)


  • Daniella Delaney


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This piece of work is about Jeanette Winterson’s novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographical novel about a young girl coming of age and with that, coming to terms with her sexual identity. This essay explores the work of Winterson alongside Adrienne Rich’s Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, which is used as a theoretical framework to analyse Jeanette’s exploration of her sexual identity outside the cornerstones of the patriarchal society she finds herself embedded within.

Author Biography

Daniella Delaney

Daniella is a mature student who joined Leeds Beckett in her second year of study and is currently a third-year student. This piece of work was for her Twentieth Century Women Novelists module which focused on a variety of romantic fictions rather than just heteronormative relationships. As such, the entire module felt very contemporary and relevant and introduced her to some new writers which is why it was one of her favourite modules during her time at Leeds Beckett.