Disturbing Conventions

Decentering Thai Literary Cultures

Edited by Rachel V. Harrison

Publication date:

28 April 2014

Length of book:

296 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783480135

Disturbing Conventions draws the study of Thai literature out of the relative isolation that has to date impeded its participation in the wider field of comparative and world literature. Predominantly penned by Thai academics, the collection decentres Thai literary studies in order to move beyond the traditionalist, conservative concerns of the academy which have, until relatively recently, foreclosed the use of “Western” theory in the study of Thai literature.

The book introduces new frames of analysis to the study of Thai literature to bring it into dialogue with debates in wider fields and the world beyond its national borders. As a result,
Disturbing Conventions offers an essential contribution to the comparative study of world literature and Asian cultural studies.
[The book] offers a unique collection of contemporary Thai literature and Thai society as a whole. . . .We must salute the talented editing work led by Rachel Harrison: the general introduction and introductions of each part are solid and particularly well documented and thoughtful. . . .Let us hope that this collection will quickly become an essential reference for those who want to study literature and Thai society.