This book explores representations of queer migrant Muslims in international literature and film from the 1980s to the present. It brings together a variety of contemporary writers and filmmakers of Muslim heritage engaged in vindicating same-sex desire from several Western locations. The book approaches queer Muslims as figures forced to negotiate their identities according to the expectations of the West and of their migrant Muslim communities. It coins the concept of queer micropolitical disorientation via the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Sara Ahmed and Gayatri Gopinath. The author argues that depictions of queer Muslims in the West disorganise the social categories that make up contemporary Western societies. The study covers three main themes: queer desire across racial and national borders; Islamic femininities and masculinities; and the queer Muslim self in time and place. These thematic clusters examine the nuances of artistic depictions of queer Muslims’ mundane challenges to Western Islamophobia and Islamicate heteronormativity. Written in a scholarly but accessible style, this is a timely contribution to the controversial topic of Islam and homosexuality, forging understanding about the dissident position of Muslims who contravene heteronormative values and their equivocal political position in the West.

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Julia M. Wright

supernatural phenomena including, in this episode, zombies. But this opening monologue is not about zombies. The episode deals extensively with the criminal “underworld” and aired two years after The Godfather (1972) was released, a film known for its realism and its depiction of powerful (outlaw) masculinity. Kolchak’s zombie story will “debunk” such representations of “ruthless men who fear nothing” as

in Men with stakes
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Recovering the civilian man
Juliette Pattinson, Arthur McIvor and Linsey Robb

conceptualisation of British masculinity, is discussed by Graham Dawson in his ground-​ breaking cultural analysis of the imperial adventurers Henry Havelock and T. E. Lawrence. Dawson also examines the impact of narratives featuring these iconic soldier heroes on young boys like himself growing up in the post-​1945 period.6 The notion of the soldier hero makes evident that some forms of maleness are positioned hierarchically above other marginalised and subordinated masculinities. R. W. Connell’s concept of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ is relevant here in that it suggests that in any

in Men in reserve
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Melanie Tebbutt

different approach, using the diaries as a starting-point for a more detailed examination of the emotional experiences and often tentative self-making which are much less well known. It aims to contribute a fresh view of such youthful masculinities and leisure in the inter-war years, mediating between discourses and representations on the one hand, and the lived experiences and everyday trials of becoming and being a man on the other. This is an ambitious undertaking which inevitably omits many significant themes; the meanings of different types of sport, for example, and

in Being boys
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Andrew Smith

This book is a study of constructions of masculinity in a range of medical, cultural and Gothic narratives at the fin de siècle. My principal argument is that the final decades of the nineteenth century provide a particularly complex set of examples of how the dominant masculine scripts came to be associated with disease, degeneration and perversity. By exploring

in Victorian demons
Normative masculinity and disciplined gun violence
Justin A. Joyce

5 Guns and governmentality: normative masculinity and disciplined gun violence Western iconography is a prominent feature of gun manufacturing and sales. Drawn from history, legend, or even the purely fictional frames of Hollywood, the ‘West’ has a special resonance in the American gun market. As Joan Burbick has pointed out, the symbolism of nineteenth-century Western expansion and the American frontier has been exploited by arms manufacturers for over a century to make ‘gun ownership moral, fun, and normative.’1 Searching the Internet with the query ‘Western

in Gunslinging justice
John Mundy and Glyn White

’s obsession with gender and sexuality, and problematising its supposed certainties about masculinity and femininity. To examine what comedy tells us about Anglo-American attitudes to gender and sexuality, we focus initially on the representation of femininity in film romantic comedy, picking up on the genre after the Second World War. From there we move on to discuss masculinity, and representations of

in Laughing matters
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Andrew Smith

In this book I have sought to make a contribution to a range of different knowledges including accounts of masculinity, our understanding of the fin de siècle , the relationship between literature and science, and scholarship on the Gothic. In some respects this might seem to be an overly ambitious project, although it is held together by an understanding of how we

in Victorian demons
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Performance and persona adaptation in Mario Casas’s career
Alberto Mira

in this image. First, in the spread, Casas’s body is ostensibly objectified in a way that would have not fitted on the conventions for the representation of masculinity only a couple of decades ago. Such objectification was, at the time, an understated part of his persona, and is also evident in his TV work. Episode 24 of the second season of Sin miedo a soñar featured his character having his clothes stolen while he was having a shower at the school’s gym, therefore being forced to wander the corridors lost, vulnerable, completely naked and gazed at by two female

in Performance and Spanish film
An introduction
Joanne Begiato

manifestation of a homosocial culture of masculinity predicated on ‘social promiscuity’ and the mixing of patrician and plebeian men brought into close proximity by their love of prize-fighting.11 On these four panels we also witness elite men’s admiration for white and black working-class men’s sporting skill, strength, and fortitude. More than this, they thrum with erotic potential in their celebration of men’s physicality and beauty. As Gary Dyer remarks, the ‘boxing subculture was one of the rare arenas where one could celebrate the male body … and depictions that foster

in Manliness in Britain, 1760–1900