Thai Short Stories: Urban Life
|Course 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.
|Attendance 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. |
|Leading 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.|
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.
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
will be required to translate portion of the second story, "Baan Rao Yoo Nai Nee: Soi
Kan" by Wanich Jarungkitanand.
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.
|Alternative: 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.|
Anderson, Benedict R. O'G.
Introduction. In the Mirror. Benedict R. O'G Anderson and
Askew, Marc. "Bangkok: Transformation of the Thai City."
in Cultural Identity and
- - -. Interpreting Bangkok: The Urban Question in Thai Studies.
- - -. "The Rise of Moradok and the Decline of Yarn: Heritage and
Chee, Tham Seong, ed. Essays on literature
and society in Southeast Asia : Political and
Jarunggidanan, Wanich. The Capital. Bangkok:
Kepner, Susan Fulop, ed and tran. The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai
Wilson, Constance M. "Bangkok in 1883: An Economic and Social
Profile." The Journal
ศรีดาวเรือง. "ฝันรักของสายรุ้ง" ใน รวมเรื่องสั้น ๒. อยุธยา: ทานตะวัน, ๒๕๓๒.
- - -. "มัทรี" ใน มัทรีรวมเรื่องสั้น ๓. อยุธยา: ทานตะวัน, ๒๕๓๓.
ศรีบูรพา. "เขาตื่น" ใน หนังสือพิมพ์ ปิยะมิตร. ๑๙ ตุลาคม ๒๔๙๕.
"บ้านเราอยู่ในนี้..ซอยเดียวกัน." ซอยเดียวกัน. กรุงเทพมหานคร: