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The lost land of Lemuria : fabulous geographies, catastrophic histories

Author: Sumathi Ramaswamy
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
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During 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  Read more...
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Ramaswamy, Sumathi.
Lost land of Lemuria.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003022825
(OCoLC)53289898
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sumathi Ramaswamy
ISBN: 9780520931855 0520931858 159734723X 9781597347235 1417545283 9781417545285
OCLC Number: 56733653
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 334 pages) : maps
Contents: Placing loss --
Science in the service of loss --
Occult losses --
Living loss at land's end --
Flooding history : geographies of loss --
Mapping loss --
Laboring against loss.
Responsibility: Sumathi Ramaswamy.
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During 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 ci.

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