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Title: The Power of Print: Tamil Newspapers in Malaya & the Imagining of Tamil Cultural Identity, 1930-1940.
Keywords: Tamil Newspapers, Singapore, Malaya, Dravidian, 1930s, Public Sphere
Issue Date: 22-Jan-2009
Citation: DINESHWARAN S/O SATHISAN (2009-01-22). The Power of Print: Tamil Newspapers in Malaya & the Imagining of Tamil Cultural Identity, 1930-1940.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With very little works of scholarship focusing on Tamil communities in Malaya, and with the bulk of them reflecting a bias towards the histories of migrant plantation workers, this study departs from such a focus to explore an intellectual movement spearheaded by the Tamil press. This thesis analyses how Tamil newspapers published in Singapore and Malaya imagined Tamil cultural identity during the 1930s, with print culture taking off in Southeast Asia, the Dravidian movement at its peak in India, a Tamil renaissance bourgeoning and an intellectual undercurrent forming with discussions on racial origins and rights taking place. This study particularly looks at three main papers; the Tamil Nesan, Tamil Murasu and Munnetram, as 'cultural' and 'textual' objects, analysing editorial messages, pictures, advertisements as well as language. This study also examines the 'textual communities'; the audiences whom these newspapers targeted and the relationship the press had with voluntary organisations and associations.
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