The Better Story: Queer Affects from the Middle East

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SUNY Press, Mar 1, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
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With a focus on aesthetic texts that narrate stories about or from the Middle East, The Better Story offers fresh insights into political conflict. Dina Georgis argues that narrative is an emotional resource for learning and for generating better political futures. This book suggests that narrative not only gives us insight into social constructs, but also leads us into understanding the enigmatic processes by which we become and give our “selfs” over to collective memories, histories, and identities. Stories link us to queer “forgotten” spaces that official history has discarded. The Better Story argues that feminist, queer, and postcolonial studies have not helped us think about lives that do not neatly fit into the valorized logic of resistance and emancipation.
 

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Contents

Whats in a Better Story or Listening Queerly
1
Two Stories in One
27
When the Subaltern Speaks and Speaking of a Suicide
49
Terrorism and the Aesthetics of Love
69
Postcolonial Revolt An Antihero in Search of Self
95
Discarded Histories and the Adjectives of Queer Pain
117
The Story Never Ends
145
Notes
153
Bibliography
161
Index
171
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Dina Georgis is Assistant Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.

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