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Culture, Language and Identity: English-Tamil in Colonial India, 1750 to 1900 CE
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- C.T. Indra (ed)
- India
- Routledge,London / Manohar, New Delhi
- 9781138542648
- 2018
- xix ; 131 p.; 22 cm. Bibliography.
- 350 gms.
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This volume examines the relationship between language and power across cultural boundaries. It evaluates the vital role of translation in redefining culture and ethnic identity. During the first phase of colonialism, mid-18th to late-19th century, the English-speaking missionaries and East India Company functionaries in South India were impelled to master Tamil, the local language, in order to transact their business. Tamil also comprised ancient classical literary works, especially ethical and moral literature, which were found especially suited to the preferences of Christian missionaries. This interface between English and Tamil acted as a conduit for cultural transmission among different groups. The essays in this volume are on chosen areas of translation activities and explore cultural, religious, linguistic and literary transactions.

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