By Sascha Ebeling
Details the transformation of Tamil literary tradition that got here with colonialism and the come upon with Western modernity.
A precise travel de strength, this ebook files the transformation of 1 Indian literature, Tamil, below the impression of colonialism and Western modernity. whereas Tamil is a residing language, it's also India’s moment oldest classical language subsequent to Sanskrit, and has a literary heritage that is going again over thousand years. at the foundation of intensive archival examine, Sascha Ebeling tackles a number of matters pertinent to Tamil elite literary construction and intake throughout the 19th century. those contain the functioning and decline of conventional structures during which poet-scholars have been patronized via spiritual associations, landowners, and native kings; the anatomy of alterations in textual practices, genres, types, poetics, topics, tastes, and audiences; and the function of literature within the politics of social reform, gender, and incipient nationalism. The paintings concludes with a dialogue of the main awesome literary improvement of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel.
“Colonizing the Realm of phrases
is an incredible contribution to the examine of Tamil literature … The booklet provides a superb, certain photo of the biographies, writings and contexts of a few of crucial authors in Tamil of the 19th century.” — Relegere: reports in faith and Reception
“…[Ebeling] presents a close philological research of the Tamil texts, particularly the poetics of Minatcicundaram Pillai and the Pulavars and the emergence of the Tamil novel. The transliterated Tamil texts following the epilogue make this ebook useful indeed.” — CHOICE
“This is a pathbreaking research of textual fabrics that experience now not been tested earlier than in an English-language ebook. It fills a huge hole in our knowing of nineteenth-century literary tradition in South India in particular and in India generally.” —Srilata Raman, writer of Self-Surrender
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“This e-book is impeccably grounded in philological services, and the writer screens mastery of the language and the complicated texts that he discusses. the total booklet is conceived with nice elegance.” — Indira Viswanathan Peterson, coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural buildings of area and position in South India