Desire under conflict: the potential for queer in Hoda Barakat’s The Stone of Laughter

Alkabani, Feras (2019) Desire under conflict: the potential for queer in Hoda Barakat’s The Stone of Laughter. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 55 (3). pp. 352-366. ISSN 1744-9855

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Abstract

This article examines Hoda Barakat’s original rendition of gender and sexual otherness in The Stone of Laughter (1990), the first Arabic novel with a queer protagonist, Khalil. The analysis sheds light on pre-modern Arabic literature’s celebratory depiction of homoerotic desire vis-à-vis the dearth and negative connotations of the theme in modern Arabic fiction. The article explores Barakat’s implementation of surrealism in her portrayal of Khalil’s sexuality and the reality of his choices within the context of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90). Khalil’s queer identity, which marks his dissidence, becomes a form of resistance that challenges the status quo of his hetero-patriarchal society and the unresolved sociopolitical issues that led to the War.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was published in Issue 3: Special Focus: Postcolonial Sexuality
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Research Centres and Groups: The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PJ Oriental philology and literature > PJ6001 Arabic
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0045 Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics > PN0045.5 Relation to and treatment of special elements, problems, and subjects
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism > PN0098 Special topics. By subject
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose. Prose fiction > PN3427 Special kinds of fiction. Fiction genres
Depositing User: Feras Alkabani
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 09:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84818

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