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

Ramaswamy, Sumathi
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Publication Details Click to collapse Cite/Export

  • Creator Sumathi Ramaswamy
  • Format Books
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, [1997] ©1997
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xxiii, 303 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 9780520918795, 0520918797, 0585106002, 9780585106007, 9780520208049, 0520208048, 9780520208056, 0520208056, 0520208048, 0520208056
  • OCLC ocm43475914

Summary

  • 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.

Notes

  • Title from e-book home page (viewed Sept. 23, 2010).
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-293) and index.

Contents

  • One Language, Many Imaginings -- Tamil as Goddess, Mother, Maiden -- Laboring for Language -- To Die For
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