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Sexuality and War : Literary Masks of the Middle East

By: Accad, Evelyne.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Feminist Crosscurrents S: Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 1990Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (215 p.).ISBN: 9780814705445.Subject(s): Arabic fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Arabic fiction -- Lebanon -- History and criticism | Feminism in literature | Lebanese fiction (French) -- History and criticism | Lebanon -- History -- Civil War, 1975-1990 -- Literature and the war | Sex in literature | Sexual animosity -- Arab countries | Sexual animosity -- Lebanon | Violence in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sexuality and War : Literary Masks of the Middle EastDDC classification: 892.736093538 | 892/.736093538 LOC classification: PJ8082 .A23 1990Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
9780814706152_Accad_front; 9780814706152_Accad_pod.pdf; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Unveiling Sexuality in War; 1 Sexuality and Sexual Politics: Conflicts and Contradictions for Contemporary Women; 2 An Occulted Aspect of the War in Lebanon; PART II Women Unmask War; 3 Hanan al-Shaykh: Despair, Resignation, Masochism, and Madness; 4 Etel Adnan: Courage, Engagement, and Self-Sacrifice; 5 Andrée Chedid: Determination, Vision, Endurance, and Belief in Humanity; 6 Active Nonviolence Versus Victimization; PART III War Unveils Men
7 Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad: Revolution, Ethics, Revenge, and Destiny8 Halim Barakat: Despair, Fear, Revolt, Tradition, and Heroism; 9 Elias Khoury: Ambivalence, Fear of Women, and Fascination with Death and Destruction; 10 War/Masculinity Versus Life/Freedom; 11 Personal and Political Action for the Transformation of Society; Bibliography; Index
Summary: "A courageous analysis of Arab writers, addressing the connections between masculinity, violence, and nationalism.". -Robin Morgan, Ms. . "Rarely have sexuality and war been treated with such poignancy and historical concreteness .... The force of these often intertwined phenomena endemic to the human condition are considered with incisive and wrenching specificity from within one of the most baneful convergences of sexuality and war in recent history.". -Djelal Kadir, editor, World Literature Today . "Personal, powerful, passionate, uncensored.". -Fedwa Malti-Douglas, The Journal of Women''s History . A welcome departure from stereotypical nationalist conceptions from which no solutions to the current impasse can possibly emerge.". -Joel Benin, The Middle East Report . Accad''s extraordinary pacifism is deeply compelling to women as it is deeply challenging to men.". -Andrea Dworkin. A splendid book. Drawing on interviews with Lebanon''s village women and her close readings of Lebanon''s contemporary novelists, Accad manages to pull back the veil that has shrouded so many conventional nationalisms, revealing their roots in men''s effort to control women''s sexuality.". -Cynthia Enloe, author of Does Khaki Become You?. "Extraordinary in weaving together literature, feminist theory, and theories of war and violence. Her analysis of the relationships between sexuality, war, and nationalism is stunning in its frankness and importance.". -Berenice A. Carroll, Purdue University. "It is in the women''s writings on the Lebanese civil war that Accad discerns alternative visions that could shape a non- violent reality.". -Miriam Cooke, The Middle East Studies . This book should remind us how patriarchies can operate similarly in societies we most often define through difference .... [Accad''s] forthright, critically respectful, caring treatment of Lebanese lives and worlds resonates as we engage with the longterm repercussions of the Gulf War. -Marilyn Booth, Women''s Review of Books . This compelling book offers an exploration of the indissoluble link between war and sexuality based on over twelve years of interviews by the well-known Lebanese expatriate teacher, critic, and writer. Evelyne Accad explores what she calls the indissoluble link between war and sexualtiy. She refers to sexuality as the physical and psychological relations of men and women, and examines Middle Eastern customs involved in defining such relationships. She argues that many of the problems faced by societies at war stem from the way male sexuality is viewed and imposed and from the oppression of women within cultural parameters. For twelve years Professor Accad interviewed women throughout the Middle East about their sexuality and relationships with men. On the basis of these interviews and a close study of six novels written by both men and women on the subject of the Lebanese war, she explores the connection between sexualtity and war and contrasts the reactions of male authors with those of their female counterparts. Each author views war as having roots in sexuality. Evelyne Accad concludes that "there is a need for a new rapport between men and women, women and women, and men and men: there is a ned for relationshops based on trust, recognition of the other, tenderness, equal sharing, and love devoid of jealousy and possession. Since the personal is the political, changes in relationshops traditionally based on domination, oppression, and power games will inevitably rebound in other spheres of life.
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9780814706152_Accad_front; 9780814706152_Accad_pod.pdf; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Unveiling Sexuality in War; 1 Sexuality and Sexual Politics: Conflicts and Contradictions for Contemporary Women; 2 An Occulted Aspect of the War in Lebanon; PART II Women Unmask War; 3 Hanan al-Shaykh: Despair, Resignation, Masochism, and Madness; 4 Etel Adnan: Courage, Engagement, and Self-Sacrifice; 5 Andrée Chedid: Determination, Vision, Endurance, and Belief in Humanity; 6 Active Nonviolence Versus Victimization; PART III War Unveils Men

7 Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad: Revolution, Ethics, Revenge, and Destiny8 Halim Barakat: Despair, Fear, Revolt, Tradition, and Heroism; 9 Elias Khoury: Ambivalence, Fear of Women, and Fascination with Death and Destruction; 10 War/Masculinity Versus Life/Freedom; 11 Personal and Political Action for the Transformation of Society; Bibliography; Index

"A courageous analysis of Arab writers, addressing the connections between masculinity, violence, and nationalism.". -Robin Morgan, Ms. . "Rarely have sexuality and war been treated with such poignancy and historical concreteness .... The force of these often intertwined phenomena endemic to the human condition are considered with incisive and wrenching specificity from within one of the most baneful convergences of sexuality and war in recent history.". -Djelal Kadir, editor, World Literature Today . "Personal, powerful, passionate, uncensored.". -Fedwa Malti-Douglas, The Journal of Women''s History . A welcome departure from stereotypical nationalist conceptions from which no solutions to the current impasse can possibly emerge.". -Joel Benin, The Middle East Report . Accad''s extraordinary pacifism is deeply compelling to women as it is deeply challenging to men.". -Andrea Dworkin. A splendid book. Drawing on interviews with Lebanon''s village women and her close readings of Lebanon''s contemporary novelists, Accad manages to pull back the veil that has shrouded so many conventional nationalisms, revealing their roots in men''s effort to control women''s sexuality.". -Cynthia Enloe, author of Does Khaki Become You?. "Extraordinary in weaving together literature, feminist theory, and theories of war and violence. Her analysis of the relationships between sexuality, war, and nationalism is stunning in its frankness and importance.". -Berenice A. Carroll, Purdue University. "It is in the women''s writings on the Lebanese civil war that Accad discerns alternative visions that could shape a non- violent reality.". -Miriam Cooke, The Middle East Studies . This book should remind us how patriarchies can operate similarly in societies we most often define through difference .... [Accad''s] forthright, critically respectful, caring treatment of Lebanese lives and worlds resonates as we engage with the longterm repercussions of the Gulf War. -Marilyn Booth, Women''s Review of Books . This compelling book offers an exploration of the indissoluble link between war and sexuality based on over twelve years of interviews by the well-known Lebanese expatriate teacher, critic, and writer. Evelyne Accad explores what she calls the indissoluble link between war and sexualtiy. She refers to sexuality as the physical and psychological relations of men and women, and examines Middle Eastern customs involved in defining such relationships. She argues that many of the problems faced by societies at war stem from the way male sexuality is viewed and imposed and from the oppression of women within cultural parameters. For twelve years Professor Accad interviewed women throughout the Middle East about their sexuality and relationships with men. On the basis of these interviews and a close study of six novels written by both men and women on the subject of the Lebanese war, she explores the connection between sexualtity and war and contrasts the reactions of male authors with those of their female counterparts. Each author views war as having roots in sexuality. Evelyne Accad concludes that "there is a need for a new rapport between men and women, women and women, and men and men: there is a ned for relationshops based on trust, recognition of the other, tenderness, equal sharing, and love devoid of jealousy and possession. Since the personal is the political, changes in relationshops traditionally based on domination, oppression, and power games will inevitably rebound in other spheres of life.

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Evelyne Accad's study of six novels about the war in Lebanon argues for a discernible difference in literature between women's and men's representations of war and their resulting solutions to social and political violence. Reading the novels of Hanan al-Shaykh, Etel Adnan, and Andree Chedid against those by Tawfiq Awwad, Halim Barakat, and Elias Khoury, Accad draws on contemporary feminist theories of sexuality (from Woolf to Dworkin) to examine the necessary implication of sexuality--and the fear of it--in the perpetuation of strife in the Lebanese context. Like Miriam Cooke's War's Other Voices (CH, Jul'88), Sexuality and War responds to the continuing debate over "sexuality and male domination" versus "class and imperialism" as the central issues for women and political change. In arguing on behalf of the former as the more decisive, Accad's focus on the novel proposes too that literary texts can provide a unique kind of evidence for this controversy in that they not only present a picture of a given social context but express as well the author's own "imaginary" as contributing to the maintenance of one or another pole of the traditional dichotomy. Although many readers may take issue with Accad's polemical position in this debate, or even with the terms themselves of the debate as presented here, this book contributes further material and analysis to a persistent controversy in feminist and comparative literary and cultural studies. Recommended for graduate and undergraduate libraries. -B. Harlow, University of Texas at Austin

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