A Civilized Woman

M. L. Boonlua Debhayasuwan and the Thai Twentieth Century

Susan Fulop Kepner

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  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 442 pp., 20 illus., 6 x 8 in.
  • Distributed for: Silkworm Books
  • Contents

Boonlua Debhayasuwan was born into a noble Siamese family in 1911 and not only witnessed but participated in the great events of her century. Boonlua became one of the first Thai women to earn a university degree. As an official in the Ministry of Education, she worked to improve and represent Thailand at education conferences. Her essays on literature became the foundation of modern Thai literary criticism and her novels are now recognized as unique social histories of the times in which she lived.
Susan Fulop Kepner is a writer, translator, and former professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

1. In Her Father's House
2. From the Palace to the Nuns
3. Return and Revolution
4. The Years of Opportunity
5. Culture Wars
6. Life at Mid-Century
7. An Independent Woman
8. The Uses of Fiction
9. Another Kind of Revolution
10. A Civilized Woman

Appendix 1. A Chronology of Boonlua's Life
Appendix 2. Kings of the Chakri Dynasty
Appendix 3. Thai Royal Titles and Royally Conferred Titles
Appendix 4. Prime Ministers of Thailand, 1932-1982

"Like any good biographer, she loves her subject, but does not shy from revealing that subject's arrogance, willfulness and contrarianism. . . . Susan Kepner succeeds in conveying the sheer complexity of [Boonlua's] life, resulting in not only a fine biography and literary appreciation but also a unique essay in social history."
-Chris Baker, Bangkok Post, November 13 2013