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The Lost Land of LemuriaFabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories$
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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240322

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240322.001.0001

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Placing Loss

Placing Loss

(p.1) Chapter 1 Placing Loss
The Lost Land of Lemuria

Sumathi Ramaswamy

University of California Press

In following the discursive adventures of this vanished land across the globe, this chapter considers the dilemmas confronting Lemuria's place-makers as they seek to gain recognition for it on an earth from which it has catastrophically disappeared. It notes their struggles as they usher in a tangible presence out of sheer absence. It also looks at their trials and victories as they allow themselves to be caught in the play of the fabulous in an intellectual climate that is fiercely impatient with things and matters that smack of magic and marvel. This chapter argues for the politics and pleasures and also the pathos of making a lost land in an age and time that has been famously pronounced disenchanted.

Keywords:   Lemuria, lost land, magic, loss

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