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Spencer-Maor, Dr. Faye


This text juxtaposes Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven and Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Leaving Tangier, examining the texts’ cultural parallels to aid in an investigation and analysis of the queer protagonists in each text in order to show that because these protagonists self-consciously suppress part or all of their sexual identities, the act of temporary and permanent performance or passing becomes a central strategy utilized to navigate through their societal positions. The consciousness studies of both W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon, as well as examinations of queer social identities as dictated by queer theory, will enhance the theoretical framework for this phenomenon.