Nawal El Saadawi & Genre of "Petroleum Novel"

Document Type : Research Paper

10.22059/jor.2012.50892

Abstract

Scholars have divided novels into various types based on different
criteria including content, structure, place, etc. Some novels have been written
with the key topic of oil and its relevant issues, thus having a special
autonomy which bans them to be placed under the novel category. Therefore, a
new name should be chosen for these novels, something which seems forgotten in
novel categorization. Using the theroy of the novel and its defining
principles, this research tries to introduce a novel type called “Petroleum Novel”
to the readers after conducting an analysis of the novel Alhobo fi Zaman-e Naft
by Nawal El Saadawi in Arabic. . The results suggest that the novels covering
such elements as oil and its relevant outcomes should be placed under the title
“Petroleum Novel”.

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