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In Those Days There Was No Coffee

In Those Days There Was No Coffee

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A historical exploration of how the Tamil literary canon was constructed leads to chapters on the ways in which this canon was used to construct identity. The authors draws from sources as varied as poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, comment, advertisement, and notices to bring to life a rich and vibrant cultural history. The essays fall into two sections – the first section explores how material (coffee, tea, and tobacco) and cultural (the cartoon, the city, and modern literature) artefacts were consumed in colonial Tamil Nadu. The second part is broadly concerned with the politics of language, literature, and identity in colonial Tamil Nadu.

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A.R. Venkatachalapathy / history / indian / nonfiction / tamil nadu /