By Sascha Ebeling
Details the transformation of Tamil literary tradition that got here with colonialism and the come across with Western modernity.
A real journey de strength, this ebook files the transformation of 1 Indian literature, Tamil, less than the effect 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 background that is going again over thousand years. at the foundation of in depth archival examine, Sascha Ebeling tackles a number of concerns pertinent to Tamil elite literary creation and intake through the 19th century. those comprise the functioning and decline of conventional structures within which poet-scholars have been patronized by means of spiritual associations, landowners, and native kings; the anatomy of adjustments in textual practices, genres, kinds, poetics, issues, 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 remarkable literary improvement of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel.
“Colonizing the Realm of phrases is an immense contribution to the research of Tamil literature … The booklet supplies an excellent, special photograph of the biographies, writings and contexts of a few of an important authors in Tamil of the 19th century.” — Relegere: stories in faith and Reception
“…[Ebeling] presents a close philological learn of the Tamil texts, specifically the poetics of Minatcicundaram Pillai and the Pulavars and the emergence of the Tamil novel. The transliterated Tamil texts following the epilogue make this e-book useful indeed.” — CHOICE
“This is a pathbreaking research of textual fabrics that experience now not been tested earlier than in an English-language e-book. It fills an important hole in our figuring out of nineteenth-century literary tradition in South India in particular 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 complicated texts that he discusses. the complete publication is conceived with nice elegance.” — Indira Viswanathan Peterson, coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural buildings of house and position in South India