Laboring against 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:
Laboring against Loss

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This chapter provides some reflections on the preoccupation with loss and dispossession in a century that has also been obsessed with presence and possession. It looks back at the Indian Ocean, where it all started, in the 1860s, when Philip Lutley Sclater, ruminating over the eccentric fauna of the island of Madagascar and its relationship to the surrounding waters, summoned into existence the lost continent of Lemuria which spanned its length.

Keywords: loss; dispossession; Philip Lutley Sclater; Indian Ocean; Madagascar

Chapter.  5707 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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