Tamil Geographies: Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India


How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.
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How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.
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“…a wonderfully coherent volume that enables an exploration of continuities and disjuncture over time in the Tamil interdigitation of space, personhood, and emotion.” — Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791472460
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: SUNY series in Hindu Studies
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Ann Selby is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the translator and editor of Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India.

Indira Viswanathan Peterson is David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College and author of Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic: The Kiraµtaµrjuniµya of Bhaµravi, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


1. Dialogues of Space, Desire, and Gender in Tamil Cankam Poetry
Martha Ann Selby

2. Four Spatial Realms in Tirukkōvaiyār
Norman J. Cutler

3. The Drama of the Kurravañci Fortune-teller: Land, Landscape, and Social Relations in an Eighteenth-century Tamil Genre
Indira Viswanathan Peterson

4. Ruling in the Gaze of God: Thoughts on Kanchipuram’s Mandala
D. Dennis Hudson

5. Cosmos, Realm, and Property in Early Medieval South India
Daud Ali

6. Sanctum and Gopuram at Madurai: Aesthetics of Akam and Puram in Tamil Temple Architecture
Samuel K. Parker

7. From Wasteland to Bus Stand: The Relocation of demons in Tamilnadu
Isabelle Clark-Decés

8. Waiting for Vellālakantarn: Narrative, Movement, and Making Place in a Tamil Village
Diane P. Mines

9. Permeable Homes: Domestic Service, Household Space, and the Vulnerability of Class Boundaries in Urban South India
Sara Dickey

10. Gender Plays: Socio-spatial Paradigms on the Tamil Popular Stage
Susan Seizer

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