Men and masculinity in men’s stylish lifestyle magazine

Collin, Jerome (2008) Men and masculinity in men’s stylish lifestyle magazine. K@ta : A Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature, 10 (2). pp. 113-128. ISSN 1411-2639

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This paper explores the construction of sexual identities of fictional 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 mediated through the absence and presence of homosexuality, men’s articulation of sexuality in the public and private realms and men’s fear and insecurity in developing intimate relationship with each other. The paper then presents a brief overview of the depictions of male sexuality in Malaysian literature in English, which is followed by discussions on the absence 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-cultural 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: Men’s lifestyle magazine, masculinity, masculine identity, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 07:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 02:39

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