The Lost Land of Lemuria
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The Lost Land of Lemuria

Sumathi Ramaswamy

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The Lost Land of Lemuria

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During the nineteenth century, Lemuria was imagined as a land that once bridged India and Africa but disappeared into the ocean millennia ago, much like Atlantis. A sustained meditation on a lost place from a lost time, this elegantly written book is the first to explore Lemuria's incarnations across cultures, from Victorian-era science to Euro-American occultism to colonial and postcolonial India. The Lost Land of Lemuria widens into a provocative exploration of the poetics and politics of loss to consider how this sentiment manifests itself in a fascination with vanished homelands, hidden civilizations, and forgotten peoples. More than a consideration of nostalgia, it shows how ideas once entertained but later discarded in the metropole can travel to the periphery—and can be appropriated by those seeking to construct a meaningful world within the disenchantment of modernity. Sumathi Ramaswamy ultimately reveals how loss itself has become a condition of modernity, compelling us to rethink the politics of imagination and creativity in our day.

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APA 6 Citation
Ramaswamy, S. (2004). The Lost Land of Lemuria (1st ed.). University of California Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2004)
Chicago Citation
Ramaswamy, Sumathi. (2004) 2004. The Lost Land of Lemuria. 1st ed. University of California Press.
Harvard Citation
Ramaswamy, S. (2004) The Lost Land of Lemuria. 1st edn. University of California Press. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Ramaswamy, Sumathi. The Lost Land of Lemuria. 1st ed. University of California Press, 2004. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.