Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

English, MA

Committee Chair

Griner, Paul

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Stansel, Ian

Committee Member

Stansel, Ian

Committee Member

Moazzen, Maryam

Author's Keywords

Kuwait; creative thesis


This creative thesis is a collection of fictional stories, connected by a common geographical and cultural thread: Kuwait. The stories unravel across a span of four thousand years. The poetic-prose style of the opening vignette is a nod to the earliest form of writing that makes up the bulk of Kuwait’s literature: poetry. The abstractedness of the two opening pieces reflects the lack of a deep-rooted national identity, and a brevity in Kuwait’s historical record. The remainder of the thesis explores the evolution of this national identity, as well as the infiltration of Western culture into modern Kuwait, and its effect on the lifestyles of its youth. The stories also study familial relations and taboo in Kuwaiti society, both past and present. Each piece stands as an individual tale, but there is also an interconnectedness between them that functions as a metaphor for the lives of Kuwaitis. JPG images have been used in “Almighty” to enhance the story.

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