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Girls for Sale: Kanyasulkam, a Play from Colonial India
     

Girls for Sale: Kanyasulkam, a Play from Colonial India

by Gurajada Apparao
 

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First staged in 1892, the South Indian play Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam)
is considered the greatest modern work of Telugu literature and the first major
drama written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonialism's effects on
Indian society. Filled with humor, biting social commentary, parody, and masquerade,
the plot revolves around a

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First staged in 1892, the South Indian play Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam)
is considered the greatest modern work of Telugu literature and the first major
drama written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonialism's effects on
Indian society. Filled with humor, biting social commentary, parody, and masquerade,
the plot revolves around a clever courtesan, a young widow, and a very old man who
wants to buy as his wife a very young girl. Velcheru Narayana Rao has prepared the
first idiomatic English translation, with notes and a critical essay. Itself a
masterpiece of Indian literature in translation, this edition makes Apparao's work
available to new audiences.

Editorial Reviews

The Hindu
This adorable and elegant translation comes closest to revealing the carnivalesque heart of this Telugu, nay, Indian, masterwork of alternative modernity.

Hebrew University David Shulman
"[A] scholarly event of the first importance.... This translation is a work of artand I predict that it will, on its own terms, become a classic." —David Shulman, Hebrew University

From the Publisher
"[A] scholarly event of the first importance.... This translation is a work of artand I predict that it will, on its own terms, become a classic." —David Shulman, Hebrew University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253116932
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/20/2007
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
342 KB

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David Shulman
"[A] scholarly event of the first importance. . . . This translation is a work of art, and I predict that it will, on its own terms, become a classic."--(David Shulman, Hebrew University)

Meet the Author

Gurajada Apparao (1862--1915) is regarded as the father of modern Telugu
literature.

Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of
Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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