ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Classical Tamil Literature

Manuscripts, Memory and History: Classical Tamil Literature in Colonial India by V Rajesh (New Delhi: Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press), 2014; pp 304, Rs 795 (hardcover).

Manuscripts, Memory and History revisits the modern history of classical Tamil. It offers a non-linear reinterpretation of the innovations of Tamil literary culture, embedding the work of modern Tamil scholarship in myriad trajectories of transmission (memory and manuscript, in addition to print), and intellectual reception. This focus on transmission and reception, while building on previous scholarship, provides a fresh approach to problems of historicity and classicism. The book’s provocations are pertinent not just to the study of Tamil literary culture, but also to the study of literary cultures of south Asia more generally.

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