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Social Themes in Saudi Women Short Stories: Making the voice of Women Heard
AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies (2018)
  • Abdulrahman Mokbel Mahyoub Hezam, Arab Soecity of English Language Studies
Abstract
Few studies in English have been carried out to explore the realm of Saudi short stories in general and women writers' works in particular.  The aim of this paper is to examine how Saudi women short story writers used a western literary form to depict the realities of their country. It also delineates the magnificent representation of social themes through storytelling  and provides  non-Arabic speakers with an insight into the writings of Saudi female writers. It tries to present a vivid picture of how these stories reflect the social reality in Saudi Arabia in the last few decades of the 20th century and the challenges facing women in this transitional period. Moreover, the study tries to examine how women writers participated in the contentious debates regarding women that dominated the Saudi society especially on questions like marriage, divorce and women education. The present study is basically a text-based research that involves an analysis of major primary sources chosen. Selected short stories written by Saudi women writers  are examined from a thematic perspective to reveal the ways in which women writers incited social change by defining notions of gender and social space and how they give voice to the Saudi women.
Keywords
  • Gender,
  • Saudi women writers,
  • social themes,
  • short story
Disciplines
Publication Date
Fall October 15, 2018
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol2no4.11
Citation Information
Abdulrahman Mokbel Mahyoub Hezam. "Social Themes in Saudi Women Short Stories: Making the voice of Women Heard" AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies Vol. 2 Iss. 4 (2018) p. 152 - 163 ISSN: 2550-1542
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/awejfortranslation-literarystudies/100/