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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2003  
         
  Article:   DEFYING THE HEGEMONIC STEREOTYPES: JEANETTE WINTERSON, BERNARD MAC LAVERTY AND ALAN HOLLINGHURST.

Authors:  ALINA PREDA.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Through its widening influence, literature affects the basic character of the social climate and can contribute to either the strengthening, or the weakening of its democratic character. Unfortunately, openness about sexuality, and, most of all, homosexuality, is very likely to provoke strong reactions from a large part of the readership, which is under the influence of deeply rooted prejudices and indoctrinated with so called moral religious ethics. The need for accurate representations of gay life was to be fulfilled, to a certain extent, only towards the end of the twentieth century, through the works of writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Bernard MacLaverty, Alan Hollinghurst, etc. Their rejection of heterosexual definitions and self-imposed oppression opened the doors for the exploration of homosexual identity characterised by self-discovery and self-definition. This change in the depiction of gayness is of utter importance for the creation of a truly democratic society, free of prejudices and stereotypes.  
         
     
         
         
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