The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories / Edition 1

The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories / Edition 1

by Sumathi Ramaswamy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244400

ISBN-13: 9780520244405

Pub. Date: 12/17/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

During the nineteenth century, Lemuria was imagined as a land that once bridged India and Africa but disappeared into the ocean millennia ago, much like Atlantis. A sustained meditation on a lost place from a lost time, this book is the first to explore Lemuria's incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American occultism to colonial and…  See more details below

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During the nineteenth century, Lemuria was imagined as a land that once bridged India and Africa but disappeared into the ocean millennia ago, much like Atlantis. A sustained meditation on a lost place from a lost time, this book is the first to explore Lemuria's incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American occultism to colonial and postcolonial India. The Lost Land of Lemuria widens into an exploration of the poetics and politics of loss to consider how this sentiment manifests itself in a fascination with vanished homelands, hidden civilizations, and forgotten peoples. More than a consideration of nostalgia, it shows how ideas once entertained but later discarded in the metropole can travel to the periphery - and can be appropriated by those seeking to construct a meaningful world within the disenchantment of modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244405
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/17/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Placing loss1
2Science in the service of loss19
3Occult losses53
4Living loss at land's end97
5Flooding history137
6Mapping loss182
7Laboring against loss223

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