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Volume :32 Issue : 123 2006      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Folk - Tale Element in Layla Al-Osman Short Stories

Auther : Dr. Nosayma R. Al-Ghaith

     Layla Al-Osman is a distinguished Kuwaiti short story writer who wrote nine narrative collections that include 190 stories. Her works have put her among the outstanding Kuwait writers.

     A characteristic feature in her writing is the way of outlining the sides of her characters in addition to providing direct and frank explanation of their actions. Dwelling on local and folkloric episodes gave her stories a unique artistic quality. Her intention is not simply to portray common, simple or ordinary persons, this is - in fact - a general feature in most story writers in Kuwait. She actually meant to keep herself away from any artistic pretention, magnifying simple events or handling minor events to make them seem to be common or popular issues. Another distinguishing feature in Laylas stories, is her interest in portraying traditional tales, superstitions and magical practices. Her artistic abilities are evident in her way of tackling such superstition elements so as to appeare quite logical and within the human domain.

     Layla introduced these features in about 63 short stories, almost 40% of her works. An analytic approach to these features is the main interest of my study of her works hoping to survey her excellence in this field, and to highlight this particular quality in her artistic production.

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