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Author Ramaswamy, Sumathi.

Title Passions of the tongue : language devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970 / Sumathi Ramaswamy
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1997]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 303 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies on the history of society and culture ; 29
Studies on the history of society and culture ; 29
Contents One Language, Many Imaginings -- Tamil as Goddess, Mother, Maiden -- Laboring for Language -- To Die For
Summary Why would love for their language lead men in southern India to burn themselves alive in its name? This book analyzes the discourses of love, labour, and life that transformed Tamil into an object of such attachment, producing in the process one of modern India's most intense movements for linguistic revival and separatism
Notes Title from e-book home page (viewed Sept. 23, 2010)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-293) and index
Subject Ramaswamy, Sumathi -- Knowledge -- Dravidian languages
Critical pedagogy -- United States.
Dravidian languages.
Language and culture -- India -- History.
Language and languages -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Nationalism -- India -- History.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Historiography.
India -- Languages -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520208048 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520208056 (paperback; alk. paper)
0520918797 (electronic bk.)
0585106002 (electronic bk.)
9780520208049 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520208056 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780520918795 (electronic bk.)
9780585106007 (electronic bk.)