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Author Bate, Bernard, author

Title Tamil oratory and the Dravidian aesthetic : democratic practice in south India / Bernard Bate
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 263 pages :) : illustrations, maps
Series Cultures of history
Cultures of history.
Contents List of Figures and Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introductions; 1. The Dravidian Proper; 2. The King's Red Tongue; 3. Walking Utopia; 4. On Life, Moonlight, and Jasmine; 5. Bhakti and the Limits of Apotheosis; 6. Kavitha's Love; 7. Speech in the Kali Yugam; Afterword; Notes; Appendix: Kavitha's Speech; Glossary; References; Index
Summary This is a book about the newness of old things. It concerns an oratorical revolution, a transformation of oratorical style linked to larger transformations in society at large. It explores the aesthetics of Tamil oratory and its vital relationship to one of the key institutions of modern society: democracy. Therefore this book also bears on the centrality of language to the modern human condition. Though Tamil oratory is a relatively new practice in south India, the Dravidian (or Tamil nationalist) style employs archaic forms of Tamil that suggest an ancient mode of speech. Beginni
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Subject Epic poetry, Tamil -- India -- Madurai.
Folk literature, Tamil -- India -- Madurai.
Language and culture -- India -- Madurai.
Politics and culture -- India -- Madurai.
Speeches, addresses, etc., Tamil -- India -- Madurai.
Tamil language -- India -- Madurai -- Rhetoric.
Madurai (India) -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009020689
ISBN 0231519400 (electronic bk.)
9780231519403 (electronic bk.)