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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Translation and Transliteration
  2. p. xv
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  1. Girls for Sale
  2. p. 1
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  1. Dramatis Personae
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. Act One
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. 2. Act Two
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 3. Act Three
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. 4. Act Four
  2. pp. 61-94
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  1. 5. Act Five
  2. pp. 95-128
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  1. 6. Act Six
  2. pp. 129-142
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  1. 7. Act Seven
  2. pp. 143-158
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  1. The Play in Context: A Second Look at Apparao’s Kanyasulkam
  2. pp. 159-190
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  1. Note on Names and Castes
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. On Kinship and Friendship
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Performing Kanyasulkam
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Card Game in Act Five, Scene Two
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Guide to Pronunciation
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. Proper Names with Diacritics
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-226
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253116932
Related ISBN
9780253348999
MARC Record
OCLC
437202872
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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