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Author Ebeling, Sascha.

Title Colonizing the realm of words : the transformation of Tamil literature in nineteenth-century South India / Sascha Ebeling
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 355 pages) : illustrations
Series SUNY series in Hindu studies
SUNY series in Hindu studies.
Contents Introduction -- Mapping the universe of the pulavar -- Pulavars and potentates : structures of literary patronage at the Zamindars' courts and beyond -- Towards the modern Tamil author : the colonial critique of the "vernacular" and mayuram -- The emergence of the Tamil novel -- Epilogue
Summary 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 timeùthe emergence of the Tamil novel. --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Universität zu Köln, 2005
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Subject Literature and society -- India, South -- History -- 19th century.
Tamil literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009052829
ISBN 1438432011
1441674098 (electronic bk.)
9781441674098 (electronic bk.)