In Our Translated World


In Our Translated World brings together for the first time, in a Tamil-English bilingual edition, poems written in Tamil from around the world. Since modernity shapes contemporary perspectives in important ways, the struggle between modernity and tradition looms large in this volume. Taken together, these poems offer an exciting and insightful representation of the contemporary global Tamil experience.

The rewards of editor Kanaganayakam’s cosmopolitan approach are richly evident in this text, midwifed into being by translators Anushiya Ramaswamy, Maithili Thayanithy and M.L. Thangappa. . . . Anthologies and translations enlarge the availability of good poets and poems. Kanaganayakam’s fine compilation accomplishes this aim.
–George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle Herald

“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.


Publication Date: December 2013

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-36-3
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
272 pages

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Chelva Kanaganayakam was a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and the Director for the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His major publications include Moveable Margins: The Shifting Spaces of Canadian Literature (2005), Counterrealism and Indo Anglian Fiction (2002), Lutesong and Lament: Tamil Writing from Sri Lanka (2001), Dark Antonyms and Paradise: The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz (1997), Configurations of Exile: South Asian Writers and Their World (1995), and Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose (1993).

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