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Feminism and Postmodernism in Kuwaiti Women’s Fiction: Four Novels by Fawziyya S. al-Sālim

O. Ishaq Tijani
  • Department of General Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements, University of Dubai, PO Box 14143, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Published Online: 2018-05-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0007


This article comparatively examines the first four novels of Fawziyya Shuwaysh al-Sālim (b. 1949): al-Shams madhbūḥa wa-l-layl maḥbūs (1997), al-Nuwākhidha (1998), Muzūn (2000), Ḥajar ʿalā ḥajar (2003). I argue that these novels reflect not only the stages of the author’s career as a novelist but also of the transition of Kuwaiti women’s fiction from the conventional to the postmodern narrative technique and discourse. Al-Sālim’s first and second novels typically reproduce-albeit subversively-the dominant literary discourse and employ conventional narrative techniques. On the other hand, her millennial-third and fourth-novels signal the inception of the feminist-postmodernist novel in Kuwait; in varying degrees, both texts utilise present-day, globalised linguistic vulgarism and fragmented narrative techniques to explore feminist discourses bordering on female transcendence and self-determination.

Keywords: Kuwaiti feminism; postmodernist fiction; slavery and gendered violence; culture and sexuality


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Received: 2017-12-18

Accepted: 2018-04-08

Published Online: 2018-05-17

Citation Information: Open Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 61–72, ISSN (Online) 2451-3474, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0007.

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