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Isan Writers, Thai Literature

Writing and Regionalism in Modern Thailand

Regional characteristics and regional language feature prominently in discussions of Thai identity, but there is little mention of regional literatures. In northeastern Thailand's Isan region, authors write primarily in Thai, but it is possible nonetheless to identify an Isan literature, which played a significant and at times pivotal role in the development of Thai literature in the second half of the twentieth century, as authors grappled with how their origins and experiences related to the Thai centre. Martin Platt's account of Isan literature is an important first step toward a broader study of regional literatures in Thailand, and shapes a model that has relevance for examining literary works in other Asian countries.
 Martin B. PLATT is Associate Professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

270 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia


Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Makes Isan a Region?
Chapter 2 Early Isan Writers
Chapter 3 Isan Comes to the Center
Chapter 4 Isan Writing Enters the Mainstream
Chapter 5 The Rise of Regionalism
Chapter 6 Isan Writing at the End of the 20th Century
Chapter 7 Conclusion: Isan Writers, Thai Literature

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