In Our Translated World by Chelva KanaganayakamIn Our Translated World by Chelva Kanaganayakam

In Our Translated World

EditorChelva Kanaganayakam

Paperback | January 10, 2013

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In Our Translated World brings together, for the first time, in bilingual format, a translation of poems written in Tamil, from around the world where Tamils, over a period of several decades, have settled. The poems were written over the last three decades, and since modernity shapes contemporary perspectives in important ways, the struggle between modernity and tradition looms large in this poetry. The transition from an oppressive plantation culture to urban spaces involves numerous concerns, and they find expression in the poetry of Malaysians and Singaporeans. In Tamil Nadu physical dislocation from, say, the rural to the urban, is not seen as traumatic. More problematic, however, is the force of tradition that refuses to change with the times. For Sri Lankans, the frame is political upheaval and its consequent social and cultural disintegration. The poets who chose to live in Sri Lanka and those who moved to the West might point to different perspectives, but both are conscious of dramatic changes in their social and cultural worlds. Taken together, these poems offer an exciting and insightful representation of contemporary global Tamil experience.
Chelva Kanaganayakamis a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and is also the Director for the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His publications include Moveable Margins: The Shifting Spaces of Canadian Literature, Counterrealism and Indo Anglian Fiction, Lutesong and Lament: T...
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Title:In Our Translated WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.17 × 5.51 × 0.69 inPublished:January 10, 2013Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1927494362

ISBN - 13:9781927494363

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"Never before has an anthology of Tamil poetry in translation offered such a broad perspective, and no other book to date demonstrates so well the fact that over the past two decades Tamil literature has become a truly global affair. The many voices presented here - women and men, young and old, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian - could not be more different, but they find themselves united in their attachment and commitment to Tamil and to poetry. Through the thoughtful translations in this volume we can eavesdrop on a literary conversation that spans the globe in order to learn how living in a translated world has been and might continue to be possible."Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor of Tamil and South Indian Studies, The University of Chicago.