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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.


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