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The Lost Land of Lemuria

Sumathi Ramaswamy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240322.001.0001
The Lost Land of Lemuria

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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 explores Lemuria's incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American occultism to colonial and postcolonial India. This book 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. The book ultimately reveals how loss itself has become a condition of modernity, compelling us to rethink the politics of imagination and creativity in our day.

Keywords: Lemuria; Victorian-era science; Euro-American occultism; poetics; loss; nostalgia

Book.  351 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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Placing Loss in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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Occult Losses in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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Living Loss at Land’s End in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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Flooding History in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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Mapping Loss in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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Laboring against Loss in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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