Être ce qui ne se dit pas: negotiating a gay identity in Abdellah Taïa’s Une Mélancolie arabe
Abstract:This article looks at the debate surrounding homosexuality in the Maghreb, and analyzes Abdellah Taa's Une Mlancolie arabe (2008). It draws on masculinity theory to examine the process of asserting a gay identity in the context of a society where the existence of such an identity is often denied. It argues that there is little discursive space in which the protagonist can express a gay identity in the way 'gay' is understood in the West, and considers the difficulty in asserting such an identity in a cultural setting where there is such denial. The article contends that Une Mlancolie arabe questions the ontological security of understandings of homosexuality between men in Muslim-influenced countries, and asserts that the novel challenges the current gender order and attempts to forge a 'gay' identity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Swansea
Publication date: 2012-08-13
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