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Between Banat

Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives

Mejdulene Shomali (Author)

Nonfiction

Edition published in 2022 in English language

In Between Banat Mejdulene Bernard Shomali examines homoeroticism and nonnormative sexualities between Arab women in transnational Arab literature, art, and film. Moving from The Thousand and One Nights and the Golden Era of Egyptian cinema to contemporary novels, autobiographical writing, and prints and graphic novels that imagine queer Arab futures, Shomali uses what she calls queer Arab critique to locate queer desire amid heteronormative imperatives. Showing how systems of heteropatriarchy and Arab nationalisms foreclose queer Arab womenโ€™s futures, she draws on the transliterated term โ€œbanatโ€โ€”the Arabic word for girlsโ€”to refer to women, femmes, and nonbinary people who disrupt stereotypical and Orientalist representations...

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