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date: 03 December 2020

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This chapter discusses the development of the novelistic tradition in Kuwait. It first provides an overview of the beginnings of modern Kuwaiti literature, focusing on the efflorescence of the short story and the rise and maturation of the novel genre. It then considers Kuwaiti novels that depicted the events and effects of the Iraq-Kuwait War of 1990–1991, led by Walīd al-Rujayb’s Ṭalqa fī ṣadr al-shamāl (1992, A Shot in the Chest of the North). It also examines works that tackled the social conditions of Kuwaiti society in pre-oil and post-oil times, gender inequality, and other social justice issues such as immigration, poverty, and the Bidūn question. Finally, it charts the emergence of the historical and the philosophical novel, along with science fiction, as subgenres of the Kuwaiti novel.

Keywords: Kuwaiti literature, short story, Kuwaiti novel, Iraq-Kuwait War, Walīd al-Rujayb, gender inequality, social justice, historical novel, philosophical novel, science fiction

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