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This introductory chapter defines terms critical to the Kuwaiti literature: 'gender', 'race', 'class', 'feminist', and 'revolutionary'. As in most human societies, 'patriarchy'-a system of male-dominated social, cultural, economic and political authority5-constitutes the main source of women's oppression in Kuwait. Since class (which is sometimes determined by race) and gender are represented in the selected texts as coterminous factors in the perpetration of women's oppression in pre- and post-oil Kuwait, the chapter draws mainly on Marxist-feminist theory.

Keywords: Arabian Gulf region; Arabic fiction; Kuwaiti female literary tradition; literature of resistance; Marxist-feminist theory



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