This book investigates various forms of women’s resistance to male domination, as represented in Kuwaiti women’s fiction. Drawing on Marxist-feminist literary theory, it closely analyses selected texts (published between 1953 and 2000), which reflect the effects of patriarchal culture and tradition on race, class, and gender relations in Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf region in general. It argues that the selected texts portray the pre-oil generations of Kuwaiti/Arabian Gulf women—born before or in the first half of the twentieth century—as resistant and/or revolutionary figures, contrary to the common notion of their stereotypical passivity and submissiveness. This book demonstrates how Kuwaiti women writers have used literature to work for, and contribute to, social change.
O. Ishaq Tijani, Ph.D. (2005) in Modern Arabic Literature, University of Edinburgh, is Assistant Professor of Arabic at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. He has published articles in several scholarly journals, including the
Journal of Arabic Literature (JAL) .
The book will interest teachers, researchers, and students working in the fields of Arabic (and comparative) literature, women’s studies, Middle Eastern studies, as well as non-specialist readers.