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Passions of the tongue : language devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970

Author: Sumathi Ramaswamy
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1997.
Series: Studies on the history of society and culture, 29.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why would love for their language lead men in southern India to burn themselves alive in its name? This book analyzes the discourses of love, labour, and life that transformed Tamil into an object of such attachment, producing in the process one of modern India's most intense movements for linguistic revival and separatism.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Sumathi Ramaswamy; Sumathi Ramaswamy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sumathi Ramaswamy
ISBN: 0520208048 9780520208049 0520208056 9780520208056 8121508525 9788121508520
OCLC Number: 36084635
Description: xxiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Language in History and Modernity --
2. One Language, Many Imaginings --
3. Feminizing Language: Tamil as Goddess, Mother, Maiden --
4. Laboring for Language: The State of Tamil Devotion --
5. To Die For: Living for Language --
6. Conclusion: Tamil Subjects.
Series Title: Studies on the history of society and culture, 29.
Responsibility: Sumathi Ramaswamy.
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