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Author Kersenboom-Story, Saskia C.

Title Word, sound, image : the life of the Tamil text / Saskia Kersenboom.

Published Oxford ; Washington, D.C. : Berg Publishers, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  398.095493 KERS {Bund3 20110303}  Book    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 259 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. + 1 computer laser disc (4 3/4 in.)
Series Explorations on anthropology, 1352-8068
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-245) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. I. Habitus. 2. Text. 3. World. 4. Performer -- Pt. II. Praxis. 5. Speech Artefact. 6. Form. 7. Content -- Pt. III. Representation. 8. Orientation. 9. Reproduction. 10. Objectification. 11. Translation.
Summary This original and radical book challenges dominant parameters of literacy by comparing the oral tradition of the Tamils in South India with the Western culture of printed text. In India, traditional texts are always performed; as a result, form and meaning can change depending on the occasion. This is the opposite of Western communication through publication which is a static representation of knowledge. The author examines the reasons for the differences between the Indian and Western textual traditions, and describes how text lives through the performing arts of words, sound and imagery. She argues that interactive multimedia is the first Western communication form to represent oral traditions effectively. A Compact Disc Interactive (CD-i) included with this book allows readers to see for themselves how multimedia can add meaning and complement traditional text-based studies.
Subject Tamil (Indic people) -- Folklore.
Tamil (Indic people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Folklore -- India, South -- Performance.
Oral tradition -- India, South.
Folk literature, Tamil.
Tamil language -- Prosodic analysis.
Tamil language -- Texts.
ISBN 1859730086 (paper : acid-free paper)
085496424X (cloth : acid-free paper)