Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 4:30pm Reese Room, Smith House

“Representation, Language and Literature:
A Queer Arab Experience” by Saleem Haddad

In this lecture, Saleem Haddad will discuss the literary and political dimensions of writing a queer Arab novel, including discussions of language, audience, the pitfalls of representational literature, and the difficulties of articulating ‘a truth’ in an increasingly polarized world.

Saleem Haddad is a write born in Kuwait City to an Iraqi-German mother and a Palestinian-Lebanese father. His first novel, Guapa, was published in 2016, receiving critical acclaim from the New Yorker, The Guardian, and others, and was awarded both a Stonewall Honour and the 2017 Polari First Book Prize. His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, including his most recent contribution to This Arab is Queer. He also writes for film and television; his directorial debut, Marco was nominated for the 2019 Iris Prize for ‘Best British Short Film’.

Co-sponsored by HMTS, LACS, INTS, WMGS, TIIS, POLS, DoF, Religious Studies, English Department, the Office of DEI & the Queer Resource Center.