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Les rues de la littérature: quelques aspects de Bangkok dans les nouvelles thaïes contemporaines

Authors
Journal
Aséanie
0859-9009
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/asean.2000.1686

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to compare the various visions of the streets reflected in a few short stories by Chat Kopchitti, Atsiri Thammachot, Wanit Charungkit-anan and Sila Khomchai (who all won the SEA Write Award). After a brief review of the history and situation of the short story in Thailand and a presentation of the corpus and writers, five themes will be developed in relation with five key elements structuring these short stories : the scenery - streets as a place of contrasts - ; the characters - streets as a meeting place - ; the action - streets as a place of movement - ; the themes - streets as an embodiement of social inequalities - and, last, the atmosphere - streets as a nostalgia set. These themes, which constitute major topics in the corpus considered, offer an opportunity to analyse how the city and the streets in the city are perceived by different authors, giving an idea of how Thai intellectuals judge the city and modern urban society.

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