Fitna, the Bi-Langue, and
the Nomadization of Gender and Sex
in Leila Sebbar

[Published in Re-Imaging Gender. Eds. Mala Pandurang and Anke Bartels.  New Delhi: Pencraft International Press, 2010] In Transfigurations of the Maghreb, Winifred Woodhull elucidates Abdelkebir Khatibi’s notion of the bi-langue as a discourse which works against the hegemonic monolith of French language, literature, and culture through…

Comments on The Novel of Nonel and Vovel

[This is a paper I gave at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in January 2010 to present the work, The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, created by artists Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour.] One central question that Oreet Ashery’s and Larissa Sansour’s The Novel of Nonel…

Out of Iraq and Other Colonial Metaphors

[Published in « Re-Public », Ed. Nelli Kambouri, 2008] In Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa, contains one of the greatest moments of cinema Kitsch in which Meryl Streep’s character, Karen Blixen, ships her personal effects across Kenya to her coffee plantation.  After having her “servants” carry these…