Literature for Life: The Context and Conditions of Its Emergence in Thailand, 1940s-50s

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  • Thanapol Limapichart, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Abstract

This article examines the context and conditions of the emergence of “literature for life†(wannakham phuea chiwit) in Thailand. In contrast to previous works that emphasised a single prerequisite such as the role of the Writers' Club, the Communist Party of Thailand, or the importation, translation and circulation of Marxist literature in the country, this article argues that the concept of “literature for life†developed out of the dynamic contestations and exchanges among writers, journalists, social critics, and literary scholars of various political and ideological inclinations, namely the conservative, the “liberal†and the communist, as each attempted to assert its cultural legitimacy in the period between the end of the Pacific War and the early phase of the Cold War in Thailand.

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Author Biography

Thanapol Limapichart, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Thanapol Limapichart is a lecturer of Southeast Asian History at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His specialisations are modern Thailand, with particular emphasis on the 19th century and 20th century intellectual and social history, history of literature, print culture and historiography. He is currently conducting research on the historiography of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab and the history and ideology of “culture†in Thailand.

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Published

2011-06-15

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Limapichart, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, T. (2011). Literature for Life: The Context and Conditions of Its Emergence in Thailand, 1940s-50s. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 5(2), 40–60. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/542

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