The Lost Land of Lemuria
Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories
By (author) Sumathi Ramaswamy
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Lost Land of Lemuria by Sumathi Ramaswamy
Book DescriptionDuring the nineteenth century, Lemuria was imagined as a land that once bridged India and Africa but disappeared into the ocean millennia ago, much like Atlantis. A sustained meditation on a lost place from a lost time, this elegantly written book is the first to explore Lemuria's incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American occultism to colonial and postcolonial India. The Lost Land of Lemuria widens into a provocative exploration of the poetics and politics of loss to consider how this sentiment manifests itself in a fascination with vanished homelands, hidden civilizations, and forgotten peoples. More than a consideration of nostalgia, it shows how ideas once entertained but later discarded in the metropole can travel to the periphery - and can be appropriated by those seeking to construct a meaningful world within the disenchantment of modernity. Sumathi Ramaswamy ultimately reveals how loss itself has become a condition of modernity, compelling us to rethink the politics of imagination and creativity in our day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520244405
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sumathi Ramaswamy
Passions of the Tongue, Paperback (October 1997)» View all books by Sumathi Ramaswamy
Why would love for their language lead several men in southern India to burn themselves alive in its name? This title analyzes the discourses of love, labor, and life that transformed Tamil into an object of such passionate attachment, producing in the process one of modern India's most intense movements for linguistic revival and separatism.
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Author Biography - Sumathi Ramaswamy
Sumathi Ramaswamy is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, editor of Beyond Appearances: Visual Practices and Ideologies in Modern India (2003), and author of Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891--1970 (California, 1997).
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