2004
Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X

Abstract

Abstract

This article sets out to scrutinize the world of difference that lies between Hafid Bouazza’s story-collection from 1996, and his collection of essays from 2015. It does so by means of a critical re-reading of Bouazza’s celebrated 1996 debut, a work that at that time was primarily read as a tongue-in-cheek depiction of rural Muslim life. This re-reading positions in a ‘pre-post-erous’ rela­tion to Bouazza’s later, Islam-critical, if not Islamophobic writing. This article’s comparative analysis of both works focuses in particular on the representation of Muslim masculinity and of the supposed threat that this particular masculinity poses to the position of women in society. As I will argue it is the transideological and elusive force of irony in Bouazza’s stories that makes them escape any final determination. The ‘pre-post-erous’ juxtaposition of the two works, however, not only reveals their ideological and historical situatedness, but also that of their readers/readings.

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