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History and Imagination: Tamil Culture in the Global Context
Tamils, originating in South India and Sri Lanka,
constitute a large part of the diasporic South Asians in Canada,
as well as the United States, Australia, and Europe. Many of them have
fled the civil war in Sri Lanka. This rupture in the physical and imaginative landscape
of the Tamils is undoubtedly reflected in their cultural production
and has led to a renewal of their traditional aesthetics, which, in the words of the editors,
"no longer adequately [capture] the richness or complexity of Tamil
social and creative experience." This collection covers a broad range of topics relating to Tamil
culture in the world, all of them examining the ancient traditional
aesthetics and how they relate to a layered modern reality.
This book is therefore of special relevance to the concerns
of multicultralism and globalization.
New Demarcations: Essays in Tamil Studies
The essays in this vibrant collection, selected from
the 2007 Tamil Studies Conference
, range across a number of disciplines
to address issues central to contemporary Tamil Studies.
Contributions deliberately encompass multiple areas of inquiry-such as
history, culture, religion, and gender and divergent perspectives, in order
to allow for a meaningful exchange of ideas relevant to Tamil identity.
With all its diversity, New Demarcations is bound together by a common interest
in the politics of identity as it relates to Tamil Studies.
World Without Walls: Being Human, Being Tamil
In the past few decades, as a growing presene worldwide, Tamil has become an
important component of the South Asian diaspora. As one
of the few classical lanuages of the world that is still a living one,
it continues to remain a vehicle of secularism while celebrating diverse
religious and political traditions. It has served Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Chrisitanity,
while articulating politics from the time of the ancient kings, through
colonialism, to modern times. The essays in this volume offer a nuanced view of "Being Human;
Being Tamil" in the context of South Asia and diaspora. They explore the multiple
ways of being Tamil, and the cultural, religious, and poetic linkages that have
contributed to the emergence of articulation of Tamilness in a global context.