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1 G.N. Devy
A Nomad Called Thief: Reflections on Adivasi Silence
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2006; 8125030212 / 9788125030218; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 295. 015340

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2 G.N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis, and K.K. Chakravarty (eds)
Indigeneity: Culture & Representation
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8125036644 / 9788125036647; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
The papers in this volume were presented at the 2008 Chotro Conference on Indigeneous Languages, Culture and Society, Jan 2008, Delhi. It forms Vol.I of a 2-volume collection. The papers in this collection analyse the history and contemporary situation of indigenous peoples from different parts of the world. The focus is on language and literary and cultural expression. The authors examine issues ranging from the loss of languages and literary/cultural traditions, representation of indigenous peoples by `mainstream’ society, deprivations faced by them – natural resources, education and civic facilities, and their history of colonization (including by the modern nation-state). But the papers also examine the creativity, knowledge systems and rich cultural traditions of indigenous peoples. Printed Pages: 405. 026764

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3 G.N. Devy
The G.N. Devy Reader: Comprising After Amnesia, ‘Of Many Heroes’, The Being of Bhasha, and Countering Violence
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8125036938 / 9788125036937; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
A dominated culture learns not just to be like the culture that dominates it, but also attempts to conceal its own antecedents. In such cultural encounters, amnesia plays a major role in defining the self-perception of cultures. G. N. Devy’s After Amnesia, first published in 1992, offers an incisive analysis of contemporary literary scholarship in Indian languages by demonstrating how modern Indian languages ‘learnt to forget’ that literary criticism had been rejected by them during the post-Sanskrit medieval centuries, and how they have posed before themselves a false choice of intellectual practices rooted in culturally distant Western or Sanskritic traditions. After Amnesia proposes that what has come to be seen as a crisis in Indian literary criticism can be understood if a relevant historiography is formulated. ‘Of Many Heroes’, first published in 1997, is an attempt to formulate such a historiography. If After Amnesia is an essay on literary criticism, ‘Of Many Heroes’ is a historiography of literary historiography in India. It presents a wide spectrum of survey of texts on literary history, beginning with the fourth century Bhartrihari’s Vakyapadiya to the seminal texts produced during the twentieth century. The Reader brings together two other new essays by G. N. Devy – The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence. These philosophical essays discuss the significance of dialects and vanishing languages in the making of civilization, the place of silence and insanity in the making of meaning, and of language itself in the future of knowledge. After closely analyzing the sociological and psychological roots of violence, the author argues that the increasing violence in modern societies and the loss of languages in an increasingly intolerant and aggressive world need to be seen as closely related aspects of the cultural impact of historical processes germinating in colonialism and globalization hostile to cultural plurality. The four essays together present a complete theory of knowledge in postcolonial times. They present a plea for a radical reorientation to the question of education, knowledge, expression and interpretation of linguistic creative. They are, perhaps, the most challenging and unorthodox thesis on epistemic and hermeneutical issues central to modern Indian culture This Reader is a true summa, bringing together Devy’s ground-breaking work in the field of contemporary Indian thought. Printed Pages: 548. 031481

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4 M. Sreenathan and Joseph Koyippally (eds); G.N. Devy (Chief Editor)
The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep (People's Linguistic Survey of India: Volume Fifteen)
Orient BlackSwan; Hyderabad, India; 2015; 8125056270 / 9788125056270; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This fifteenth volume of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep contextualises Kerala’s language wealth in its social ecology. This volume deals with Malayalam and provides a description of its linguistic features. The volume also looks into the other tribal languages of the state. Another sizeable section of the volume is devoted to the variant of Malayalam, Dweep Malayalam which is spoken in Lakshadweep, and which varies considerably from the language of the mainland. Printed Pages: 360. 038352

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5 G.N. Devy, L. Ramamoorthy & G. Ravisankar (Ed.)
The Languages of Puducherry, People's Linguistic Survey of India, Volume 23, Part 2
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2016; 8125062483 / 9788125062486; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The People’s Linguistic Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.This volume presents to the reader the multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual nature of the Union Territory of Puducherry and the history and the status of the languages in Puducherry. Formerly known as Pondicherry, Puducherry has been greatly influenced by French culture and language which can still be seen in the wide use of French in the region. The Union Territory comprises four small unconnected districts—Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. Each region has its dominant language as the local official language (Tamil in Puducherry and Karaikal, Malayalam in Mahe and Telugu in Yanam). This volume also highlights the spiritual identity of the region. Printed Pages: Printed Pages: 93. 108401

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6 V. Gnanasundaram, K. Rangan & G.N. Devy (Eds)
The Languages of Tamil Nadu: People's Linguistic Survey of India, Volume 27 (Part II)
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8125055371 / 9788125055372; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 527. 102266

Price: 38.08 USD
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7 Verrier Elwin; G.N. Devy
The Oxford India Elwin
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2008; 019569791X / 9780195697919; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
From presenting Elwin’s work among the tribal peoples of central India, to affording glimpses of his seminal work on the unique institution of the ghotul among the Murias of Bastar, or relating Elwin’s attempts at understanding the high incidence of murder and suicide among the Bison-horn Marias of Bastar, The Oxford India Elwin looks beyond the general and the oft-repeated to include within its covers the many fascinating discoveries that Verrier Elwin made while working among the different tribal communities in India. It comes with a useful and perceptive Introduction by G.N. Devy. 024453

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8 G.N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis, and K.K. Chakravarty (eds)
Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression. Proceedings of the 2008 Chotro Conference on Indigenous Languages, Culture and Society: Volume 2
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8125042229 / 9788125042228; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 366. 036682

Price: 13.95 USD
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