Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Arab East Since 1967

Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Arab East Since 1967

by Samira Aghacy


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This book offers an exploration of masculinity in the literature of the Arab East (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Iraq) in the context of a specific set of anxieties about gender roles and sexuality in Arab societies. While gender studies in the area have focused primarily on the situation of women, the treatment of Arab men as gendered subjects has fallen behind. Samira Aghacy's rich analysis presents gender relations not within a fixed biological mold but rather as a complex phenomenon fraught with ambivalence and operating within particular historical and geopolitical settings.

Through a series of close readings of twenty contemporary Arabic novels, Aghacy presents a mosaic of masculinities that challenges the generally held view of an essentialized archetypal Arab man and that mirrors a contested vision of manliness where men figure in diverse sociocultural environments. This groundbreaking work reveals the volatile nature of masculinity and its inextricability from femininity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815632375
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 12/04/2009
Series: Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Samira Aghacy is professor of English and comparative literature at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She is the author of several articles on contemporary Lebanese fiction.

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