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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel$
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Samira Aghacy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466752

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.001.0001

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Senile Masculinity: The Male Body in Crisis

Senile Masculinity: The Male Body in Crisis

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(p.104) 4 Senile Masculinity: The Male Body in Crisis
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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel
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Samira Aghacy

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.003.0005

The novels in this chapter concentrate on works by al-Habib al-Salimi, Hassan Daoud and Rashid al-Daif that represent a diverse group of men who subvert stereotypes of manhood and view older men within a gendered perspective. It exposes images of men who are no longer certain of their autonomy and sexual performance. Unlike traditional female characters who generally avoid allusions to sexuality, men’s works are fraught with libido and complaints about sexual potency, cognitive decline, and physical impairment. In a world of shifting values, they come to the realization that they are gradually becoming more feminized, and more vulnerable to the youthful gaze of younger men and women.

Keywords:   stereotypes, masculine identity, potency, cognitive decline, impairment, instability, class, gender

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