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Manuscript, print and memory : relics of the Cankam in Tamilnadu

Author: Eva Wilden
Publisher: Berlin [Germany] : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, 2014. ©2014
Series: Studies in manuscript cultures, Volume 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : German
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The ancient Tamil poetic corpus of the Cankam is at the same time a national treasure and a common battle ground for linguists and historians alike. Going back to oral predecessors from about the early first millennium, it became part of a canon, slowly fell into near oblivion and was finally rediscovered and printed in the 19th century. The present study follows up the complex historical process of its transmission  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Wilden, Eva.
Manuscript, print and memory : relics of the Cankam in Tamilnadu.
Berlin, [Germany] : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, ©2014
xv, 445 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Wilden
ISBN: 9783110352764 3110352761 3110340895 9783110340891 3110387794 9783110387797
OCLC Number: 903957332
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (462 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Preface; List of Abbreviation; Contents; I Introduction; 1 Sources, Methods and Aims; 2 The Corpus; 2.1 Its Constitution; 2.2 Its Fate; 3 Research History and Programme; 3.1 The Tamil Renaissance; 3.2 Tamil Manuscripts; II The Manuscripts; 1 Surviving Caṅkam Manuscripts: Descriptive Catalogue; 1.1 Libraries of Origin; 1.2 Manuscript list; 1.3 Manuscript Catalogue; 2 Manuscripts Reported in Catalogues and Editions; 2.1 Catalogues; 2.2 Manuscript Descriptions in the Editions; 3 Colophons and Library Information; 3.1 List of Available Colophons. 3.2 Scribal Colophons and/or Information on Title Pages4 Summary: Age and Distribution of the Remaining Witnesses; III Transmissional History; 1 The Invocation Stanzas (katạvul ̣vāḻttu); 1.1 Kuṟuntokai 1; 1.2 The Series by Pāratam Pātịya Peruntēvaṉātr; 2 Traditional Colophons; 2.1 Etṭụttokai; 2.2 Pattupātṭụ; 2.3 Information from the Traditional Colophons; 3 Mnemonic Stanzas; 3.1 Etṭụtokai (14 Verses); 3.2 Pattupātṭụ (19 Plus 12 Verses); 4 The Caṅkam Legends; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 The Preamble to Nakkīraṉ and Its Late Metrical Echo; 4.3 Academicians Infiltrating the Saiva Canon 4.4 Siva's Sports in Maturai4.5 The Tiruvalḷụvar Branch; 4.6 Legend Merging into "History"; 5 Reception in the Grammatical Tradition; 5.1 The Legend Reflected in the Commentaries; 5.2 The Corpus Reflected in the Commentaries; Appendix 1: Tables of Quotations from the Poetological Commentaries; Appendix 2: The Distribution of Quoted Poems in Poetological Commentaries; Appendix 3: The Distribution of Quoted Poems in Grammatical Commentaries; 5.3 Glimpses from Discussions of Literature; Coda: The Maturaic Cokkanātar Arulịya Tamiḻ Vitụtūtu; 6 Summary: The Rise and Fall of a Canon IV The Editing Process1 Notes on the Development of the Tamil Script; 2 The Path from Palm-Leaves to Paper to Printed Editions; 3 The Early Caṅkam Editions; 4 Case Studies: The Kuṟuntokai, the Naṟṟinại and the Akanāṉūṟu; 5 Later Caṅkam Editions; Appendix: Manuscripts Containing Exegetical Material; 6 Summary: Decipherment, Standardisation, Popularisation; V Conclusion: The Restitution of a Canon; Literature; List of Acknowledgements for the Illustrations; Index
Series Title: Studies in manuscript cultures, Volume 3.
Responsibility: Eva Wilden.
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