By Eva Maria Wilden
The historical Tamil poetic corpus of the Caṅam ("The Academy") is a countrywide treasure for Tamilians and a battle-ground for linguists and historians of politics, tradition and literature. Going again to oral predecessors most likely courting again to the start of the 1st millennium, it has had an exceptionally wealthy and variegated background. accrued into anthologies and endowed with literary theories and voluminous commentaries, it turned the centre-piece of the Tamil literary canon, linked to the royal court docket of the Pandya dynasty in Madurai. Its decline started within the overdue center a while, and by way of the overdue seventeenth century it had fallen into close to oblivion, prior to being rediscovered in the beginning of the print period. the current learn strains the advanced ancient means of its transmission over a few 2000 years, utilizing and documenting quite a lot of assets, specifically surviving manuscripts, the early prints, the commentaries of the literary and grammatical traditions and an enormous variety of later literature that creates an internet of inter-textual references and quotations.
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Manuscript, Print and Memory: Relics of the Cankam in Tamilnadu (Studies in Manuscript Cultures) by Eva Maria Wilden