Friday, June 13, 2008
A new publication from Cornell University's Southeast Asian Program called At the Edge of the Forest: Essays on Cambodia, History, and Narrative in Honor of David Chandler is, as the title suggests, a book inspired by the work of the doyen of Cambodian scholars David Chandler and in particular his classic 1982 article, 'Songs at the Edge of the Forest,' and offers a series of essays on a wide range of subjects such as violence, wildness, and order, the "forest" and cultured space, and the fraught "edge" where they meet. I think I need to read the book to understand that description! The book's editors are Anne Ruth Hansen (left) and Judy Ledgerwood (right), both professors in the United States and well-known for their work on Cambodian studies. In fact, they are working together on another book as I type, to be called Buddh Damnay: Buddhist Prophetic Histories of Violence in Cambodia. No date for that publication as yet. At the Edge of the Forest was published last month, and includes essays by Chandler himself, Penny Edwards, John Marston and others, is 251 pages in length and costs $23.95 in paperback.