Female homosexuality and (non)performativity in the 21st-C. Syrian novel

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dc.contributor.author El Hajj, Sleiman
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-11T12:49:49Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-11T12:49:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-11-11
dc.identifier.issn 0091-8369 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/14238
dc.description.abstract Given the regression in empowering representations of queer women in the literary and, more generally, the cultural life of the modern Arab world, this article spotlights the hitherto under-researched literary portrayals of female homosexuality as a site of redemptive and/or reparative, queer(ed) home in 21st-century Syria. Through a close reading of Samar Yazbek’s Ra’ihat al-Qirfa (2008), and, for added nuance, its English translation Cinnamon (2012), the study explores the novel’s curation of home in and through the protagonist Aliyah’s same-sex relationship with her employer Hanan al-Hashimi. Using Roberta Rubenstein’s and Sara Ahmed’s notions of fixing past homes, and of queer(ing) home, respectively, the article shows how the sense of home cushioned by the same-sex affair transcends social class and domination/submission binaries. I thus argue that even as the same-sex relationship in Yazbek’s novel may not be performative from a contemporary lesbian feminist perspective, it kneads hope, not desolation, into the plot and the real-life setting it extrapolates, since it responds to the local context the characters inhabit. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Female homosexuality and (non)performativity in the 21st-C. Syrian novel en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle queerness as/at home in Samar Yazbek’s Ra’ihat al-Qirfa (2008)/Cinnamon (2012) en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201805009 en_US
dc.author.department Communication, Arts and Languages en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Homosexuality en_US
dc.article.pages 1-22 en_US
dc.keywords Female homosexuality en_US
dc.keywords Arab world en_US
dc.keywords Arabic literature en_US
dc.keywords Syrian literature en_US
dc.keywords Same-sex relationships en_US
dc.keywords Queer home en_US
dc.keywords Non-performativity en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2022.2048166 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Hajj, S. (2022). Female Homosexuality and (Non) Performativity in the 21st-C. Syrian Novel: Queerness as/at Home in Samar Yazbek’s Ra’ihat al-Qirfa (2008)/Cinnamon (2012). Journal of Homosexuality, 1-22. en_US
dc.author.email sleiman.elhajj@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00918369.2022.2048166 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8827-6981 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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