Chapter

Placing Loss

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in The Lost Land of Lemuria

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/9780520240322.003.0001
Placing Loss

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In following the discursive adventures of this vanished land across the globe, this chapter considers the dilemmas confronting Lemuria's place-makers as they seek to gain recognition for it on an earth from which it has catastrophically disappeared. It notes their struggles as they usher in a tangible presence out of sheer absence. It also looks at their trials and victories as they allow themselves to be caught in the play of the fabulous in an intellectual climate that is fiercely impatient with things and matters that smack of magic and marvel. This chapter argues for the politics and pleasures and also the pathos of making a lost land in an age and time that has been famously pronounced disenchanted.

Keywords: Lemuria; lost land; magic; loss

Chapter.  8650 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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