By Sumathi Ramaswamy
Why would like for his or her language lead numerous males in southern India to burn themselves alive in its identify? Passions of the Tongue analyzes the discourses of affection, exertions, and existence that remodeled Tamil into an item of such passionate attachment, generating within the method one in all glossy India's such a lot severe pursuits for linguistic revival and separatism.
Sumathi Ramaswamy means that those discourses can't be contained inside a unique metanarrative of linguistic nationalism and in its place proposes a brand new analytic, "language devotion." She makes use of this idea to trace the numerous ways that Tamil used to be imagined by means of its audio system and connects those a number of imaginings to their event of colonial and post-colonial modernity. Focusing specifically at the transformation of the language right into a goddess, mom, and maiden, Ramaswamy explores the pious, filial, and erotic elements of Tamil devotion. She considers why, as its audio system sought political and social empowerment, metaphors of motherhood finally got here to dominate representations of the language.
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