November 4, 11, 18, 2019
Mondays 10:00 a.m. – noon
McGilvary Building, Kaewnawarat Campus, Payap University
Thai Literature in Translation: A Study of the Classic Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen
with Dr. Tony Waters and guest presenters Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, translators
The epic poem Khun Chang Khun Phaen ranks among the most well-known works of classical Thai literature. Set amidst the social panorama of the Ayutthaya period, it is a story of love, war, and loss. The first session of the course will focus on the literary context of Khun Chang, Khun Phaen. The second session will include a summary and discussion of the three-way love story and the battles. The third session will be a conversation with Chris Baker and Pasuk Pongpaichit who spent ten years translating the epic Thai verse into English prose, copiously researching many old words for plants, animals, customs, foods, tools, and incantations.
Chris Baker and his wife Pasuk Pongpaichit are the major writers about Thai political, literary, economic, and political matters in English. Chris is a long-time editor of the Journal of the Siam Society. Together, Chris and Pasuk were awarded the 2017 Fukuoka Grand Prize for their work in preserving Asian arts and culture, and academics.
Cost: 1,200 Baht
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