Sexual identities of the Malay male In Karim Raslan's Go East and Neighbours

Collin, Jerome (2008) Sexual identities of the Malay male In Karim Raslan's Go East and Neighbours. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 8 (1). pp. 35-46. ISSN 1675-8021

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This paper explores the construction of sexual identities of fictiona l Malay men in Karim Raslan’s short stories Go East and Neighbours . It begins with a discussion on the complexity and fluidity of male sexuality and how it is mediate d through the absence and presence of homosexuality, men’s articulation of sexuality in the publ ic and private realms and men’s fear and insecurity in developing intimate r elationship with each other. The paper then presents a brief overview of the depictions of male se xuality in Malaysian literature in English, which is followed by discussions on the abs ence and presence of homosexuality in Go East and the transgression of male sexuality in Neighbours . The paper concludes that fictional Malay men in Karim Raslan’s short narratives not only transgress the concept of male sexuality but also the socio-cultura l and religious norms and boundaries, offering alternative insights into mainstream ideas about sexuality and sexual identity in the contemporary Malaysian society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Male sexuality, homosexuality, gay male sexuality, transgenderism, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 07:39
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 02:39

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