Girls for Sale

Girls for Sale : Kanyasulkam, a Play from Colonial India

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219132
  • 9780253219138
  • 2,001,751

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"[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 Universityshow more

About Gurajada Apparao

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, more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionA Note on Translation and TransliterationGirls for SaleDramatis Personae1. Act One2. Act Two3. Act Three4. Act Four5. Act Five6. Act Six7. Act SevenThe Play in Context: A Second Look at Apparao's KanyasulkamPerforming KanyasulkamGlossaryGuide to PronunciationProper Names with DiacriticsNote on Names and CastesOn Kinship and FriendshipCard Game in Act Five, Scene TwoNotesIndexshow more

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