Sexy Ambiguity and Circulating Sexuality: Assemblage, Desire, and Representation in Seba al-Herz's The Others
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sexual representations in Seba al-Herz’s Saudi Arabian novel The Others span various kinds of sexual identification and experience. Surface level readings of the novel find examples of lesbian identities and encounters, but a deeper, more nuanced examination of the novel unearths a complex set of queer desires, practices, sexual encounters, and relationships that do not fit neatly in to regulated sexual identity categories. Through literary analysis, I argue that through ambiguities in the novel’s construction and narration, and through the Narrator’s sexual experiences, The Others offers a kind of sexual expression that opens up possibilities of de-territorializing and re-territorializing sexual experience beyond static identity labels.
Johnson, Kristyn, "Sexy Ambiguity and Circulating Sexuality: Assemblage, Desire, and Representation in Seba al-Herz's The Others." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2015.