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Re-exploring the Links
History and Constructed Histories between Portugal and Sri Lanka
editor(s): Flores, Jorge
volume: 18
pages/dimensions: 300 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Hardback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 04.01.2007
prices: 68,00 Eur[D] / 70,00 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-05490-4
68,00 Eur

The island of Ceilão occupied a permanent and singular place in the political imagination of early modern Portugal. Concurrently, the Portuguese left a strong imprint in the Sri Lankan collective memory of the period. Five centuries later, a group of historians, art historians, anthropologists, and linguists reflect on the multiple dimensions of this phenomenon by rethinking texts and maps, ruined churches and ivory caskets, oral tales and Creole communities. Authored by 15 international scholars, Re-exploring the Links is divided in four parts: „Political Realities and Cultural Imagination“; „Religion: Con. ict and Interaction“; „Space and Heritage: Construction, Representation“; „Language and Ethnicity, Identity and Memory“. While published on the occasion of the Portuguese arrival in Sri Lanka five centuries ago, this book is far from being a celebratory piece. Re-exploring the Links does not conform to nationalist models of historical interpretation and refuses both the rhetoric of discovery and the rhetoric of aggression. The aim of the volume is not to celebrate „encounters“, but to reinvent an academic debate, independent of any political agenda and concerning a history that is Portuguese and Sri Lankan alike.

Chandra R. de Silva, Portugal and Sri Lanka: Recent Trends in Historiography

S. Pathmanathan The Portuguese in Northeast Sri Lanka (1543-1658): An Assessment of Impressions Recorded in Tamil Chronicles and Poems
Rohini Paranavitana, Sinhalese War Poems and the Portuguese
Karunasena Dias Paranavitana The Portuguese Tombos as a Source of Sixteenthand Seventeenth-Century Sri Lankan History Rui Manuel Loureiro, The Matter of Ceylon in Diogo do Couto’s Décadas da Ásia
Jorge Flores, Maria Augusta Lima Cruz A ‘Tale of Two Cities’, a ‘Veteran Soldier’, or the Struggle for Endangered Nobilities: The Two Jornadas de Huva (1633, 1635)

Alan Strathern, The Conversion of Rulers in Portuguese-Era Sri Lanka
John Clifford Holt, Buddhist Rebuttals: The Changing of the Gods and Royal (Re)legitimization in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Sri Lanka
Ines G. Zupanov, Goan Brahmans in the Land of Promise: Missionaries, Spies and Gentiles in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Sri Lanka
Jurrien van Goor, State and Religion under the Dutch in Ceylon, c. 1640-1796

Zoltán Biedermann, Perceptions and Representations of the Sri Lankan Space in Sixteenth-Century Portuguese Texts and Maps
Helder Carita, Portuguese-Influenced Religious Architecture in Ceylon: Creation, Types and Continuity
Nuno Vassallo e Silva, An Art for Export: Sinhalese Ivory and Crystal in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Kenneth David, Jackson Singelle Nona/Jinggli Nona: A Traveling Portuguese Burgher Muse
Dennis B. McGilvray, The Portuguese Burghers of Eastern Sri Lanka in the Wake of Civil War and Tsunami