International Faculty Book Series features V. Narayana Rao

The International Institute’s International Faculty Book Series
(formerly the World Beyond Our Borders Book Series)
on Human Rights around the World


V. Narayana Rao (Languages and Cultures of Asia)

discussing his new book

Girls for Sale: Kanyasulkam, A Play from Colonial India

Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm
University Bookstore in the Hilldale Mall (702 N. Midvale Boulevard)

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. V. 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.

Questions? Please call Masarah Van Eyck, Director of Communications, Division of International Studies: 608 262-5590

More information is available on the entire series here.