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Five studies on Khun Chang Khun Phaen : the many faces of a Thai literary classic

Author: Christopher John Baker; Pasuk Phongpaichit
Publisher: Chiang Mai : Silkworm Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first essay arise out of the crucible of Thailand's social upheaval and student protest movement in the early 1970's, when Thai literacy criticism was nascent. They argue that the tale shows a society without principle, and the characters reveal the latent aggression that resides universally in the human psyche. The remaining three essays originated a generation or more later. The third essay contends that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher John Baker; Pasuk Phongpaichit
ISBN: 9786162151316 616215131X
OCLC Number: 973810149
Language Note: In English.
Description: 209 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: A society which lacks principle / M.L. Boonlua Debyasuvarn --
The aggression of characters in Khun Chang Khun Phaen / Cholthira Satyawadhna --
Khun Chang Khun Phaen and the moral landscape of the three worlds cosmology / Warunee Osatharom --
Space, identity, and self-definition, the forest in Khun Chang Khun Phaen / David C. Atherton --
The revolt of Khun Phaen, contesting power in early modern Siam / Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit.
Other Titles: Khun Chang Khun Phaen
Responsibility: edited by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit.

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The first essay arise out of the crucible of Thailand's social upheaval and student protest movement in the early 1970's, when Thai literacy criticism was nascent. They argue that the tale shows a society without principle, and the characters reveal the latent aggression that resides universally in the human psyche. The remaining three essays originated a generation or more later. The third essay contends that the tale was designed to teach Buddhist morality by employing the Three Worlds cosmography and the law of karma. The fourth essay analyzes the forest as a metaphorical space for the recovery of selfhood, and the final essay examines the tale as a manual that gives crucial guidance on power and politics--

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