Author/Editor:

Ouzgane, Lahoucine
Title:Masculinity as Virility in Tahar Ben Jelloun's Work
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Category:Articles
Published in:Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
Volume/Part:Volume 4 (Spring 1997)
Pages:1-13
Date:1997
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Type:Published works
Keywords:masculinity, violence, virility
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Abstract:
      In this paper, the author considers the different masculinities depicted in some of Tahar Ben Jelloun's major fiction. With more than twenty novels, two plays, and three poetry collections produced in the last thirty years, Ben Jelloun is undoubtedly
      the most prolific and best known contemporary francophone North African writer. He argues that Ben Jelloun's characters, unable to know
      love as an "experience of transcendence," inevitably reduce (hegemonic) masculinity to virility, a fragile attribute sustained only
      through repeated acts of violence. The author writes that in short, masculinities in Ben Jelloun's fiction are
      perhaps best understood as relational constructs shaped only by men's social power.
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