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Encountering the Orient/Islam: Re-reading Cyber-Narratival Heteronormativity

Encountering the Orient/Islam: Re-reading Cyber-Narratival Heteronormativity

This paper examines how heteronormativity operates as a mechanism of representation in cyber-narratives. I insinuate that post-structural analyses should be further appropriated in understanding cyberspace as a realm of power/discipline. Cyber-narratives on the “Muslim woman” for example are complex processes of disciplining into being “mute as ever” (Spivak 1988: 294). This paper ultimately re-reads cyberspace as a heteronormative realm imbricating “sexuality” and “race” (as technologies), and regularly re-presenting the normal/abnormal, white/brown, man/woman as unproblematic, fixed categories (Butler 1990). Paraphrasing critiques of visual filmic narratives, the subsequent sections unravel how cyberspace creates unproblematic gendered and racialized “naked [read objective] bodies” of brown/white/men/women (Jameson 1990: 1). Michel Foucault (1978) and Judith Butler (1990, 1993), in their genealogies of sexuality, have examined how visual objectivity of the body itself are processes of control/discipline. This paper is an endeavour towards adapting such genealogies to cyberspace.

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