AUC Press releases Constructions of Masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa


Tue, 15 Jun 2021 - 03:37 GMT



CAIRO - 15 June 2021: Constructions of masculinity are constantly evolving and being resisted in the Middle East and North Africa. There is no “before” that was a stable gendered environment. This edited collection examines constructions of both hegemonic and marginalized masculinities in the MENA region, through literary criticism, film studies, discourse analysis, anthropological accounts, and studies of military culture. Bringing together contributors from the disciplines of linguistics, comparative literature, sociology, cultural studies, queer and gender studies, film studies, and history, Constructions of Masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa spans the colonial to the postcolonial eras with emphasis on the late twentieth century to the present day. This collective study is a diverse and exciting addition to the literature on gender and societal organization at a time when masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa are often essentialized and misunderstood.


About the authors


Mohja Kahf is a professor of comparative literature and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Hagar Poems (2016), The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006), E-mails from Scheherazad (2003), and Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque (1999).


Nadine Sinno is an associate professor of Arabic in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech. She is the translator of Nazik Saba Yared’s novel Canceled Memories (2009) and co-translator of Rashid al-Daif’s novel Who’s Afraid of Meryl Streep? (2014) from Arabic to English.


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