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.