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BEING AND PERFORMING THE MASCULINITY IN KARIM RASLAN√ĘS GO EAST

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Author(s): Collin Jerome

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: masculinity | male homosociality | homosexuality | homoeroticism | gender borders

ABSTRACT
This paper explores the concept of being and performing masculinity in Karim Raslan's short story Go East. Torn between being a man in his own terms and performing socially endorsed masculine roles and sexual desires, the protagonist, Mahmud, negotiates and transgresses gender borders, resulting in his inability to sexually perform with women and incapacity for emotional and physical intimacy with men. Yet, he overcomes his impotence through heterosexual intercourse despite imagining making love to men.

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