The Lost Land Of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories - Sumathi Ramaswamy
University of California Press (2004)
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Civilization, Ancient, Lemuria, Lost Continents, Tamil (Indic People), Tamil Nadu (India)

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

Product Details
LoC Classification GN751 .R26 2004
Dewey 001.94
Format Hardcover
Cover Price 38,95 €
No. of Pages 351
Height x Width 230 x 156 mm