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date: 26 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on the development of the novel genre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It begins with a background on the founding of the Union and the beginnings of Emirati literature, including the novel, and continues with a discussion of novels produced in the first three decades of the UAE. The chapter then shows that the Emirati novel began to take a new, bolder, and more experimental turn during the first decade of the new millennium, citing works that primarily tackle issues related to women’s status in society. It also considers trends in the novel genre since 2010, a period of transition for the Emirati novel.

Keywords: United Arab Emirates, Emirati literature, Rāshid ‘Abd Allah al-Nu‘aymī, Emirati novel, women

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