FLTH 381

  Thai Short Stories: Urban Life 

 

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bulletCourse Texts and materials:   E-texts:   http://www.seasite.niu.edu/thai/literature/default.htm or go to the "Links" section of this page.
You can select "The Capital" and other related stories dealing with urban life.  There will be other materials that comprise background reading that you will xerox from a master copy.  You should also have access to good dictionaries, such as the Mary Haas 
Thai-English Student's Dictionary, or the Royal Institute Thai-Thai Dictionary.
 
bulletAttendance and Participation:  The first requirement for a good seminar such as this one on Thai urban life is that we always show up and come prepared to talk with each other about the days' reading or other assignment.  One unexcused absence is allowed.  Beyond that, your grade will be affected.
 
bulletLeading a Class Discussion:  At some point during the semester, each of you will lead a class discussion based on a portion of the readings.  You will be expected to give a summary of part or all of a story and then to come up with good questions.  You will be required to e-mail the class by the evening before, giving the rest of us some indication of what you want to focus the discussion on.   Discussion will be held in Thai as much as possible.  Because the e-texts are in both Thai and English, some introductory discussion can be in English.
 
bulletWritten Assignments:

         Each of you will compile a word list of new vocabulary and definitions.  They can be the words in
         Thai with an English definition or the words and definition both in Thai.  You will be tested on
         this list of words as part of a mid-term and final.

         In addition, you will write a summary (1-3 pages) of a short story for the mid-term and final. You
         are encouraged to make your summary a "critical review," that is offer your opinion on the
         book.

         You will be required to translate portion of the second story, "Baan Rao Yoo Nai Nee: Soi Diew
         Kan" by Wanich Jarungkitanand. 

         Each of you will find advertisements in Thai newspapers in the library that list places to live:
         apartments, condos, houses.  Select a few ads, xerox them, find their locations on a map of the
         city, pick one place you would live and be prepared to tell the class (presentation) why you have
         made that choice and what you might recommend to others. 

bulletAlternative:  As an alternative to writing a short story summary, you can create a web page with text and pictures related to the topic of  Thai urban life.  You will receive assistance in doing this.  Let us know soon in the semester so that we can set up a site and training session for you.
 
bulletReferences:

Anderson, Benedict R. O'G.  Introduction.  In the Mirror.  Benedict R. O'G Anderson and
         Ruchira Mendiones.  Trans.   Bangkok: Duang Kamol, 1985.  9-87.
  

Askew, Marc.  "Bangkok: Transformation of the Thai City."   in Cultural Identity and
         Urban Change in Southeast Asia: Interpretative Essays
.  Eds. Marc Askew  and
         William S. Logan.  Deakin UP, 1994.  85-115.

- - -.  Interpreting Bangkok: The Urban Question in Thai Studies.   Bangkok:
        Chulalongkorn U, 1994.

- - -.  "The Rise of Moradok and the Decline of Yarn: Heritage and Cultural
        Construction in Urban Thailand. 
Sojourn (11, 1996).  183-210.

Chee, Tham Seong, ed.  Essays on literature and society in Southeast Asia : Political and
        S
ociological Perspectives.
  Singapore : Singapore University Press, 1981.

Jarunggidanan, Wanich.  The Capital.  Bangkok: Chulalongkorn Translation
        Center, 1985.

Kepner, Susan Fulop, ed and tran.  The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about
         Women
Berkeley: U of California P, 1996.

Wilson, Constance M.  "Bangkok in 1883: An Economic and Social Profile."  The Journal
       of the Siam Society.  (1989).   49-58.

ศรีดาวเรือง.  "ฝันรักของสายรุ้ง" ใน รวมเรื่องสั้น ๒.  อยุธยา: ทานตะวัน, ๒๕๓๒.

- - -. "มัทรี" ใน มัทรีรวมเรื่องสั้น ๓. อยุธยา: ทานตะวัน, ๒๕๓๓.

ศรีบูรพา.  "เขาตื่น" ใน หนังสือพิมพ์ ปิยะมิตร.   ๑๙ ตุลาคม ๒๔๙๕.

วาณิช จรุงกิจอนันต์. "บ้านเราอยู่ในนี้..ซอยเดียวกัน." ซอยเดียวกัน. กรุงเทพมหานคร:
       บูรพาสาสน์
, ๒๕๓๘. ๑๘๙-๒๐๘.

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Links:

bullet  To the Short Story main page         
bulletTo "The Capital"
bulletTo "Our Houses Were Here, on the Same Lane"
bulletTo "Mat-sii"
bulletTo "Sai-rung's Dream of Love"
bulletTo "The Politician"
bulletTo "Awakening"
bulletTo the poem "Bangkok"
bulletTo Thai Literature main page
bulletTo English/French translation of Thai contemporary novels and short stories

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