The main purpose of this study is to examine the modes of subjectivity and discourses of femininity and masculinity found in Thai romantic novels published in the 21th Century. First, I will discuss generic conventions in Thai romance. Additionally, I will seek to locate it within the socio-cultural contexts of Thai society, which influence the constitution of Thai gender relations and the transformation of gender norms. Finally, I will compare changes within narrative discourses on ideologies concerning gender operating in Thai romantic fictions written in the last century. This study suggests that Thai romance incorporate universal aspects of romance and specifically Thai conventions of romance. Apparently, Thai gender relations are complicated because there are various culturally specific aspects that influence the construction of femininity and masculinity. Transformations of gender values and norms have been discovered when compared to romantic fictions written in the 21th Century, particularly in female sexuality. Thus, the representation of gendered subjectivity in Thai romantic fictions after 2000 indicates changes in the construction of male and female subjectivity.
Sasinee Khuankaew, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Stream: Literature - Asian Literature
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