Companion Studies to the History of Tamil Literature
There is a number of problems connected with the study and teaching of any Oriental literature in general and of Tamil literature specifically which have to date been mostly ignored, although they are indispensable for solid knowledge and correct interpretation and understanding of the literature in question. These include problems of authenticity and authorship, of transmission and tradition, writing tools and materials, of relationship of orality to literacy, of Sanskrit to Tamil, the prehistory of Tamil written literature, the numerous texts that have been lost, scholarly lineages and the rediscovery of ancient Tamil literature etc. The book deals with all these problems as well as with some specific Tamil cultural phenomena such as the concept of "threefold Tamil" or the relationship of literature ('marked') to grammar ('marker'), with the derivation of the term "Tamil" and with the history of Tamil literary historiography. It will be indispensable as an introduction to the study of the more than 2000 years of Tamil literary history. By addressing questions which have thus far been almost completely neglected, it has also decisive impact on the interpretative comprehension of Tamil literature and on the teaching of this very rich heritage of verbal art.
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Periodisation of the development of Tamil
Prehistory and protohistory of Tamil
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A. K. Ramanujan Agastya Aiyar akam Akattiyam ancient Tamil anthology aphorisms Arumuga Navalar Arunachalam Aryan Atiyarkkunallar Auvaiyar Brahmins Buddhist Cahkam Capapati cent centamil century Ceral Cettiyar Ceyyul Cilappatikaram classical comm commentary composed critical Damodaram Pillai DEDR Dravidian earliest Tamil early Tamil edition English Gajabahu gloss grammar Hindu History of Tamil ilakkanam ilakkiyam indigenous inscriptions Iyengar Jaina king kovai Kuntalakeci Kuruntokai later lost Madras Madurai Mahavidvan Manimekalai manuscripts Mayilai medieval mentioned Minatcicuntaram Pillai Murugan Mutaliyar muttamil Naccinarkkiniyar's Nannul Navalar oral original Pallava palmleaf Pandya patikams Patirruppattu period poems poet prabandhas printed probably prose published Pulavar Puram quotes Sangam Sanskrit Sastri script South India stanzas sutras Takatur Tamil culture Tamil language Tamil literary Tamil literature Tamil scholars Tamil Studies Tamil texts Tamil-Brahmi Tamilnadu teacher Tecikar term tion Tirukkural Tolkappiyam tradition translated treatise U. V. Swaminatha Iyer Vaiyapuri venpa venpd verbal art writing Yapparuhkalam Zvelebil