Troubled constructions of patriarchal and masculine identities in Laila Halaby’s West of the Jordan (2003): a gendered perspective

Ishak Berrebbah

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Abstract

This article introduces the complex and troubled constructions of Arab masculine and patriarchal identities depicted in Laila Halaby’s West of the Jordan, as told from the gaze of the novel’s female protagonists. It suggests that the politics of Arab male characters’ gender identity entail convoluted understandings, projecting them in both the diaspora and the homeland. The analysis in this article put flesh on the bones of some central questions regarding what problematises and affects masculinity and patriarchy in an Arab context. In addition to analytical
and critical approaches to the novel, this article relies on a sociocultural constructionist approach based on the perspectives of critics and theorists such as Raewyn Connell, Fadia Faqir, Fatima Mernissi and Homi Bhabha.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Levant
Volume7
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2022

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Keywords

  • Laila Halaby
  • masculinity
  • patriarchy
  • fatherhood
  • gender identity
  • Arab men

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