The book introduces new frames of analysis to the study of Thai literature to bring it into dialogue with debates in wider fields and the world beyond its national borders. As a result, Disturbing Conventions offers an essential contribution to the comparative study of world literature and Asian cultural studies.
“Disturbing Conventions” also opens new, much needed conversations in world literature by extending postcolonial analysis to locate the modern literatures of nominally independent Siam/Thailand in a semicolonial frame.
In overturning entrenched views of the Thai canon, this book is a direct intervention in the culture wars being fought today in Thailand, where democratic openness and freedom of expression in media and the arts are threatened by reactionary politicians and draconian censorship laws.
And in throwing down the gauntlet to postcolonial studies to incorporate semicolonial societies into a genuinely global critique of imperialism this book places modern Thai literature centre-stage in debates on the direction of 21st century critical theory.