By Sascha Ebeling
A real journey de strength, this ebook records the transformation of 1 Indian literature, Tamil, less than the influence of colonialism and Western modernity. whereas Tamil is a dwelling 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 concerns pertinent to Tamil elite literary construction and intake throughout the 19th century. those comprise the functioning and decline of conventional structures during which poet-scholars have been patronized by means of non secular associations, landowners, and native kings; the anatomy of alterations in textual practices, genres, types, poetics, subject matters, tastes, and audiences; and the position of literature within the politics of social reform, gender, and incipient nationalism. The paintings concludes with a dialogue of the main amazing literary improvement of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel.
“Colonizing the world of phrases is an incredible contribution to the learn of Tamil literature … The e-book supplies an excellent, targeted photograph of the biographies, writings and contexts of a few of crucial authors in Tamil of the 19th century.” — Relegere: reviews in faith and Reception
“…[Ebeling] offers an in depth philological learn 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 publication helpful indeed.” — CHOICE
“This is a pathbreaking research of textual fabrics that experience now not been tested prior to in an English-language ebook. It fills an immense hole in our realizing of nineteenth-century literary tradition in South India particularly and in India generally.” —Srilata Raman, writer of Self-Surrender (Prapatti)to God in Śrīvaiṣṇavism: Tamil Cats and Sanskrit Monkeys
“This publication is impeccably grounded in philological services, and the writer screens mastery of the language and the advanced texts that he discusses. the total booklet is conceived with nice elegance.” — Indira Viswanathan Peterson, coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural buildings of house and position in South India
Sascha Ebeling is Assistant Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations on the collage of Chicago.
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Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India (SUNY series in Hindu Studies) by Sascha Ebeling