Layla al-Jihni is one of several Saudi women novelists whose work has risen to prominence since the 1990s. She writes in a surrealistic, stream-of-consciousness style that features interior monologues and psychological introspection. Her work is published abroad, but on the basis of interviews I conducted with Saudi women, it is accessible in-country. Although al-Jihni is not an activist, and her works do not directly engage matters of policy, her reasons for writing are more than aesthetic and transcend the ‘art for art';s sake’ ethic. Discourse is a source of power and influence, and al-Jihni';s fiction contributes to this discourse in ways calculated to broaden the scope of choice for women in Saudi Arabian society.
Research Article| April 01 2010
Layla al-Jihni's fiction: conceits and deceits*
Contemporary Arab Affairs (2010) 3 (2): 207–217.
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Soraya Altorki; Layla al-Jihni's fiction: conceits and deceits. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 April 2010; 3 (2): 207–217. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550911003737745
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