This book presents five essays on the Thai folk epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen. Someone reading these essays with the tale’s title disguised might find it hard to believe that all five are about the same single work.
That’s the opening sentence of our new book with five essays on KCKP. Continue reading
When you have spent a career analyzing other things and other people, it is slightly unnerving to become a subject of study. Our translation of KCKP is now the subject of a doctoral thesis in Translation Studies. Continue reading
In 2013, Sujit Wongthes wrote a series of articles in his regular column in Matichon Weekly on sepha, KCKP, and recitation. The series seems in part to have been provoked by us, but it is also a return to topics on which he has written three books and on which he has new information. The series, which began on 24 May 2013, and ended on 8 November, included 25 full-page articles. Continue reading
I had heard of Alfred Lord’s work on oral tradition, but did not get round to reading his famous The Singer of Tales until after we had finished and published the translation. I then found that Lord was very helpful in understanding the form of KCKP and its evolution. Continue reading
When we published the original translation, several people complained that it was just too big for them to contemplate reading it. We decided we should do an abridged version. It took us some time to find the time, but the abridged version was eventually published in 2014. Continue reading
In May 2012, an adapted version of the exhibition for our KCKP launch was installed in the National Museum in Suphanburi, the cradle of the poem. To launch the expedition, the museum held a whole-day event. I was asked to talk about “KCKP from the viewpoint of a foreigner.” Continue reading
We have been to several academic events related to KCKP. They all have one thing in common: there is some serious academic stuff, and then there is some fun. I don’t think there is another Thai literary work where this rule holds true. One of such events marked the retirement of Acharn Choomsai Suwanchompu from a teaching career at Sipakorn University. Continue reading