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Introduction

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780520208049
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918795 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520208049.003.0001
Introduction

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The “inassimilable,” the “untranslatable,” the “different”—these are the stuff of histories written in a post-colonial moment. The goal here is a narrative refusal to seek recognition through collapsing the “difference” of India's histories into the “sameness” of Europe's. To ask the language question, but to answer it and write it differently for a colonial and post-col0nial context—these then are the burdens of this book. This chapter examines the themes of language and devotion; language, colonialism, and modernity; and language and gender.

Keywords: language; devotion; colonialism; gender; Indian historians; Europe

Chapter.  8693 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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