Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India

By: Sascha Ebeling

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About the Book Details the transformation of Tamil literary culture that came with colonialism and the encounter with Western modernity. A true tour de force, this book documents the transformation of one Indian literature, Tamil, under the impact of colonialism and Western modernity. While Tamil is a living language, it is also India’s second oldest classical language next to Sanskrit, and has a literary history that goes back over two thousand years. On the basis of extensive archival research, Sascha Ebeling tackles a host of issues pertinent to Tamil elite literary production and consumption during the nineteenth century. These include the functioning and decline of traditional systems in which poet-scholars were patronized by religious institutions, landowners, and local kings; the anatomy of changes in textual practices, genres, styles, poetics, themes, tastes, and audiences; and the role of literature in the politics of social reform, gender, and incipient nationalism. The work concludes with a discussion of the most striking literary development of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel. Printed Pages: 379

Title: Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India

Author Name: Sascha Ebeling

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Dev Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 9789381406137

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 1202111

Keywords: Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India Sascha Ebeling