The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women

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University of California Press, 31 .. 1996 - 281 ˹
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Kepner's selection shows the many ways fiction has mirrored the lives of Thai women over the twentieth century. The spectrum is broad, encompassing the young and the old, the rural and the cosmopolitan, the privileged and the poor. Some writers address previously unacceptable themes: female sexuality, spousal abuse, gender oppression. Others display a scintillating sense of humor. They touch on many themesinjustice, the heartlessness of society, loneliness, the difficult choices that life presents. Susan Kepner's lyrical, faithful translations preserve the tenor and resonances of these voices, many of which will be heard for the first time by English-speaking readers.
 

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Grandmother the Progressive
43
Deep in the Heart of a Mother
54
From People of Quality
68
From A Child of the Northeast
84
Matsii
95
Snakes Weep Flowers Smile
107
From Behind the Painting
115
From That Womans Name Is Boonrawd
143
Sairoongs Dream of Love
218
From This Human Vessel
230
The Dancing Girl
255
Greenie
266
A Mote of Dust on the Face of the Earth
277
Appendix
293
Bibliography
295
Suggested Reading
301

Deaf Sim
164
A Pot That Scouring Will Not Save
172
When She Was a Major Wife
205
Sources of Publications
303
Index
307
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Susan Fulop Kepner has been a Lecturer in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1991. Among the works she has translated from Thai are Letters from Thailand by Botan (1977) and A Child of the Northeast by Kampoon Boontawee (1987). She has also written a book of original prose poems entitled Somebody's Mother (1987).

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