In this Book

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Figures and Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Note on Transliteration, Pronunciation, and Translations of Tamil Primary Sources
  2. pp. xxi-xxiii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Mapping the Universe of the Pulavar: Ti. Mīṉāṭcicuntaram Piḷḷai (1815 -1876) and the Field of Traditional Literary Practices
  2. pp. 33-102
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  1. 3. Pulavars and Potentates: Structures of Literary Patronage at the Zamindars' Courts and Beyond
  2. pp. 103-164
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  1. 4. Toward the Modern Tamil Author: The Colonial Critique of the "Vernacular" and Māyūram Vētanāyakam Piḷḷai (1826 - 1889) as an Agent of Change
  2. pp. 165-204
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  1. 5. The Emergence of the Tamil Novel
  2. pp. 205-246
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  1. 6. Epilogue
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. APPENDIX 1 The Dating of the Cētupati viṟaliviṭutūtu Revisited
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. APPENDIX 2 Chronological Table of the Earliest Tamil Novels Published Before 1900
  2. pp. 257-262
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  1. APPENDIX 3 Original Tamil Texts Quoted and Annotations
  2. pp. 263-294
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 295-298
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  1. References
  2. pp. 299-340
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-355
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438432014
Related ISBN
9781438431994
MARC Record
OCLC
670429592
Pages
379
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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