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Five Studies on Khun Chang Khun Phaen

The Many Faces of a Thai Literary Classic


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Siam's great folk epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, has entertained readers and audiences down through the centuries, with its rich and earthy portrayal of life and relationships. Here, a mix of Thai and Western scholars present five critical essays that uncover hidden layers and expose new themes using theories and approaches developed mainly within the field of Western literary criticism. The first two essays arose out of the crucible of Thailand's social upheaval and student protest movement in the early 1970s, while the remaining essays are more recent.

Author Biography

Chris Baker is a historian and long-time resident of Thailand. Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor of economics at Chulalongkorn University. In 2010 they won the A. L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize for their translation of Khun Chang Khun Phaen. Contributors: M. L. Boonlua Debyasuvarn, Cholthira Satyawadhna, Warunee Osatharom, and David C. Atherton
Release date NZ
October 10th, 2017
Edited by Chris Baker Edited by Pasuk Phongpaichit
6 illus.
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Silkworm Books
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