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:

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By the middle of the twentieth century, there was a dramatic shift: the devotional subject is now the only legitimate subject, for to be Tamilian meant that one has to be a devotee of Tamil; there is no other subject-position possible or desirable for its speaker, in the view of the ardent enthusiast. This chapter explores this theme, considering how the “Tamilian” becomes a subject of Tamil as the language itself becomes subject to tamilpparru. Love, labor, and life as these are articulated in the discourses of Tamil devotion around the figure of Tamilttāy are the primary concerns of this study.

Keywords: Tamil; language; Tamil devotion; Tamilttāy

Chapter.  5857 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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