The Thai Novel
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- Unit value:
- 1 unit - 45 CATS
Advanced knowledge of Thai language
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The objective of this course is to provide students taking a Masters programme in South East Asian Languages and Literature/Comparative Literature (Asia and Africa) with a clear understanding of the development of the novel in Thailand and its place in modern Thai literary students.
At the end of this course students should be able to . . . .
- draw connections between this material and that of other course material
- develop advanced understanding of Thai literary aesthetics and style
- critically analyse both the content and form of selected literary texts
- demonstrate a clear knowledge of the pattern of development of the Thai novel
- understand the novel in the social and political context in which individual works were written
WorkloadTotal of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The course focuses on the study of modern Thai literature through the fenre of the novel. As such it assumes an advanced knowledge of Thai language and emphasises literary interpretation rather than language learning. Students are required to prepare excerpts of Thai novels in advance for detailed discussion and to undertake supplementary reading of critical material in both Thai and English.
This course aims to familiarise the student with:
- the rise of the novel (including the social and political correlates of literary production
- major writers and works
- changing attitudes to the novel as a part of Thai culture
- a broad and in-depth understanding of one increasingly important aspects of Thai cultural and intellectual life