Thommayanti is well-known for her nationalist sentiment. Her novels Khu Kam (1969), Ateeta (1996), Kasat-triya (2002), Kaewkanlaya hang phandin (2003), and Athiracha (2003) all feature deeply nationalistic characters who attempt, through various means and to varying degrees of success, to defend the nation against the invasion and domination by outside forces. The author's strong feminist leaning means that most of these characters are women who seem to transcend the marginal role that women are usually conﬁned to in the nationalist project. Close examination reveals, however, that the nationalism that is depicted in Thommayanti's novels, especially in Khu Kam, is based on the psychoanalytic structure of the family romance that serves to undermine women's role in the nationalist effort. Thus, despite Thommayanti's attempt to depict strong and independent women in her novels, her characters ultimately fall short of transcending their subordinate roles in the discourse of nationalism.