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Title Tamil geographies : cultural constructions of space and place in South India / edited by Martha Ann Selby, Indira Viswanathan Peterson.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.894811 TAMI    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 326 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series in Hindu studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Dialogues of space, desire, and gender in Tamil Cankam poetry / Martha Ann Selby -- 2. Four spatial realms in Tirukkovaiyar / Norman J. Cutler -- 3. The drama of the Kuravanci fortune-teller : land, landscape, and social relations in an eighteenth-century Tamil genre / Indira Viswanathan Peterson -- 4. Ruling in the gaze of God : thoughts on Kanchipuram's Mandala / D. Dennis Hudson -- 5. Cosmos, realm, and property in early medieval South India / Daud Ali -- 6. Sanctum and Gopuram at Madurai : aesthetics of Akam and Puram in Tamil temple architecture / Samuel K. Parker -- 7. From wasteland to bus stand : the relocation of demons in Tamilnadu / Isabelle Clark-Deces -- 8. Waiting for Vellalakantan : narrative, movement, and making place in a Tamil village / Diane P. Mines -- 9. Permeable homes : domestic service, household space, and the vulnerability of class boundaries in urban South India / Sara Dickey -- 10. Gender plays : socio-spatial paradigms on the Tamil popular stage / Susan Seizer.
Summary "This interdisciplinary work explores how people in the Tamil region of India think about space and land, and how this, in turn, influences the creation of the social and aesthetic world they live in. Contributors focus on the notion of geography in its strictest sense, on verbal descriptions of land and space and how these descriptions build and inform diverse social and aesthetic realities. The essays examine "texts" drawn from a range of time periods and a variety of sources in Tamil culture, including imaginative literature, historical events and narratives, religious rituals, and daily life in contemporary Tamil Nadu. The book clearly demonstrates the ways in which early Tamil aesthetic and linguistic paradigms have survived to the present as living, vital expressions through which contemporary boundaries and social identities are shaped and constructed."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Selby, Martha Ann.
Peterson, Indira Viswanathan, 1950-
Subject Tamil (Indic people)
Social ecology -- India -- Tamil Nadu.
Tamil literature -- Criticism and interpretation.
Tamil Nadu (India) -- Civilization.
ISBN 9780791472453 (hardcover : alk. paper)