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What makes someone willing to die, not for a nation, but for a language? In the mid-20th century, southern India saw a wave of dramatic suicides in the name of language. Lisa Mitchell traces the colonial-era changes in knowledge and practice linked to the Telugu language that lay behind some of these events. As identities based on language came to appear natural, the road was paved for the political reorganization of the Indian state along linguistic lines after independence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Spelling
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction: A New Emotional Commitment to Language
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1. From Language of the Land to Language of the People: Geography, Language, and Community in Southern India
  2. pp. 35-67
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  1. 2. Making a Subject of Language
  2. pp. 68-99
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  1. 3. Making the Local Foreign: Shared Language and History in Southern India
  2. pp. 100-126
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  1. 4. From Pandit to Primer: Pedagogy and Its Mediums
  2. pp. 127-157
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  1. 5. From the Art of Memory to the Practice of Translation: Making Languages Parallel
  2. pp. 158-188
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  1. 6. Martyrs in the Name of Language? Death and the Making of Linguistic Passion
  2. pp. 189-212
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  1. Conclusion: Language as a New Foundational Category
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-281
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253002891
Related ISBN
9780253353016
MARC Record
OCLC
406528459
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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