By Eva Maria Wilden
The old 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 a really wealthy and variegated heritage. gathered into anthologies and endowed with literary theories and voluminous commentaries, it grew to become the centre-piece of the Tamil literary canon, linked to the royal courtroom of the Pandya dynasty in Madurai. Its decline all started within the overdue heart a long time, and via the past due seventeenth century it had fallen into close to oblivion, ahead of being rediscovered first and foremost of the print period. the current learn strains the advanced ancient technique of its transmission over a few 2000 years, utilizing and documenting quite a lot of assets, particularly surviving manuscripts, the early prints, the commentaries of the literary and grammatical traditions and an unlimited diversity of later literature that creates an online of inter-textual references and quotations.
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