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 elegantly written book is the first to explore Lemuria’s incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American

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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 elegantly written 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 a provocative 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. Sumathi Ramaswamy ultimately reveals how loss itself has become a condition of modernity, compelling us to rethink the politics of imagination and creativity in our day.

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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)

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