Girls for Sale: Kanyasulkam, a Play from Colonial India [NOOK Book]

Overview

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, ...

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Girls for Sale: Kanyasulkam, a Play from Colonial India

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253116932
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 335 KB

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Note on Translation and
Transliteration

Girls for Sale
Dramatis
Personae

1. Act One

2. Act
Two

3. Act Three

4. Act
Four

5. Act Five

6. Act Six

7.
Act Seven


The Play in Context: A Second Look at
Apparao's Kanyasulkam
Performing
Kanyasulkam
Glossary
Guide to Pronunciation
Proper Names
with Diacritics
Note on Names and Castes
On Kinship and
Friendship
Card Game in Act Five, Scene
Two
Notes
Index

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