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  • Alalasundaram. P
    Literary beauties in the hymns of Nayanmars, Alwars, and other saints
    [Madras] University of Madras, 1970.
    Series title: Dr. R.P. Sethu Pillai Silver Jubilee Commemoration Endowment lectures ; 1968-69.

  • Appuswami, P. N
    Tamil verse in translation: Sangam age (Tamilp patalkalum avarrin Ankila moli peyarppum)
    Chennai: Intl. Inst. of Tamil Studies, Madras, 1987 (IITS publ. 131)

  • Arunachalam, M
    Women Saints of Tamil Nadu, Bombay, 1970

  • Balasubramanian, C., 1935-
    Papers in Tamil literature
    Madras: Narumalarp Pathippakam: Sellers, Paari Nilaiyam, 1981

  • Beck, Brenda E.F.
    The three twins : the telling of a South Indian folk epic
    Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1982.

  • Bugge, Henriette
    Mission and Tamil society: social and religious change in South India (1840-1900)
    Richmond: Curzon, 1994
    Series title: Monograph series/ Nordic Institute of Asian Studies; no. 65

  • Casie Chitty, Simon, 1807-1860.
    The Tamil Plutarch : a summary account of the lives of the poets and poetesses of southern India
    and Ceylon from the earliest to the present times, with select specimens of their compositions
    New Delhi : Asian Educational Services, 1982.

  • Chakravarti, A. (Appaswami), 1880-1960.
    Jaina literature in Tamil
    with an introd., footnotes, appendix, and index by K. V. Ramesh.
    New Delhi : Bharatiya Jnanapitha Publication, 1974. 1st ed.

  • Chellaiah, J.V
    Pattupattu: ten Tamil idylls, translated into English verse
    Colombo, General Publishers [1947?];
    [2d ed.]. Tirunelveli, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, 1962.
    Thanjavur: Tamil University, 1985

  • Civattampi, Karttikecu (Karthigesu Sivathamby)
    Drama in ancient Tamil society
    Madras: New Century, 1981

  • Civattampi, Karttikecu (Karthigesu Sivathamby)
    Literary history in Tamil: a historiographical analysis
    Thanjavur, India: Tamil University, 1986

  • Clooney, Francis X.
    Seeing Through Texts : Doing Theology Among the Srivaisnavas of South India
    (SUNY Series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions)
    State Univ. of New York Press, ISBN: 0791429954

  • Clooney, Francis Xavier,S.J., 1950-
    The art and theology of Srivaisnava thinkers : the De Nobili endowment lectures
    Madras : T.R. Publications for Satya Nilayam Publications, 1994.
    Series title: Satya Nilayam endowment lectures series.

  • Clothey, Fred, W.
    Quiescence and Passion : The Vision of Arunakiri, Tamil Mystic ;
    Translations With Introduction and Notes
    Austin & Winfield Pub, Aug. 1996, ISBN: 1572920009

  • Cutler, Norman
    Consider our vow : translation of Tiruppavai and Tiruvempavai into English, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Muttu Patippakam, 1979.

  • Cutler, Norman
    The Poetry of Tamil Saints, Ph.D Thesis,
    Univ. of Chicago, Chicago,1980

  • Cutler, Norman
    Songs of Experience: The Poetics of Tamil Devotion,
    Religion in Asia and Africa series, Indiana Univ. Press, Bloomington, May 1987,
    Series title: Religion in Asia and Africa series., ISBN: 0253353343

  • Cutler, Norman
    A Gift of Tamil : Translations of Tamil Literature (edited with Paula Richman)
    South Asia Books, 1992, ISBN: 8185425817

  • Peter Dale, Kokilam Subbiah.
    The Seasons of Cankam : love poems translated from the Tamil
    London : Agenda Editions, 1975, c1974.

  • Dayanandan Francis, T.
    Christian poets and Tamil culture
    [Madras] : Dr. S. Radhakrishan Institute for Advanced Study in Philosophy, University of Madras, 1978.

  • Dehejia, Vidya
    Slaves of the Lord : The Path of the Tamil Saints
    South Asia Books, Dec. 1988, ISBN: 8121500443

  • Dhavamony, Mariasusai
    Love of God according to Saiva Siddhantha: A study in the Mysticism and Theology of Saivism
    Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1971

  • Danielou, Alain
    Shilappadikaram (The Ankle Bracelet) by Prince Ilanko Atikal,
    New Directions, New York, 1965

  • Danielou, Alain
    Shiva and Dionysus: The religion of nature and eros,
    Inner Traditions International, New York, 1984

  • M.A. Dorai Rangaswamy.
    The religion and philosophy of Tevaram : with special reference to Nampi Arurar (Sundarar)
    2nd ed. Madras : University of Madras, 1990.

  • Frasca, Richard Armando
    Theatre of the Mahabharata : Terukkuttu Performances in South India
    Univ. of Hawaii Press, Aug, 1990, ISBN: 0824812905

  • Goover, Charles E.
    The Folk Songs of Tamilnadu,
    Higginbottoms, Madras, 1871

  • Hardy, Friedhelm
    Viraha Bhakti: The early history of Krisna Devotion in South India,
    Oxford Univ. Press, Delhi, 1983

  • Hart, George L.
    The Poems of Ancient Tamils,
    Univ.of California Press, Berkeley,1975, ISBN: 0520026721

  • Hart, George L.
    The relation between Tamil and classical Sanskrit Literature,
    Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 1976

  • Hart, George L. III.
    Poets of the Tamil anthologies : ancient poems of love and war (translation)
    Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1979.
    Series title: Princeton library of Asian translations.

  • Hart, George L.
    The Forest Book of the Ramayana by Kampan (with H. Heifetz),
    Univ. of California Press, 1988

  • Hirudayam, I
    Christianity and Tamil Culture
    Univ. of Madras (Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Inst. for Adv. Study in Philosophy), Madras, 1977

  • Hoole, Charles R. A.
    Modern Sannyasins: Protestant missionary contribution to Ceylon Tamil culture
    Frankfurt am Main; New York: P. Lang, c1995
    Series title: Studies in the intercultural history of Christianity; Bd. 94)

  • Hooper, J.S.M.
    Hymns of Alwars, Calcutta, 1929

  • Iracamaanickanaar, Ma
    The development of Saivism in South India, A.D 300 -1300
    Dharmapuram Adhinam Publication 554, Dharmapuram

  • Jagadeesan, N
    Collected Papers on Tamil Vaishnavism
    Ennes Publications, Madurai, 1989

  • Jagadeesan, N
    History of Sri Vaishnavism in the Tamil country: post-Ramanuja
    Koodal Publishers, Madurai, 1977

  • Jesudasan, C and H
    Peaks of Sangam Poetry,
    Trivandrum, 1960

  • Jeyachandrun, A.V
    The Madurai Temple Complex: with special reference to literature and legends
    Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 1985

  • John Louis, A
    Petals of beauty : random selections from Bharati's poems, rendered into English, 1st ed.
    Madras : Manivachagar Pathipagam, 1994.

  • John Samuel, G (1948 - )
    Studies in Tamil poetry, 1st ed.
    Madras : Mani Pathippakam, 1978.

  • Jotimuttu. P
    Ainku_runu_ru, the short five hundred : poems on the theme of love in Tamil literature :
    an anthology / translation with introduction and notes
    Madras : Christian Literature Society, 1984.

  • Kandaiah, A
    A critical study of Early Tamil Saiva Bhakti Literature, with special reference to Tevaram
    Ph.D Thesis, Univ. of London, 1973

  • Kailasapathy, K
    Tamil Heroic Poetry. Oxford Univ. Press, 1968, 282 p.

  • Kasirajan, R (1946- )
    Evolution and evaluation of epics in Tamil, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Mathy Pathippakam, 1990.

  • Kersenboom, Saskia.
    Word, sound, image : the life of the Tamil text
    Herndon, VA : Berg Publishers, 1995.

  • Kulandaiswamy, V.C.
    The Immortal Kural (Sahitya Akademl Award Winning Tamil Literary Critique)
    South Asia Books, 1994, ISBN: 8172015895

  • Lakshmi, C.S.
    Face Behind the Mask : Women in Tamil Literature
    New Delhi: Vikas;; Stosius Inc/Advent Books Division, July 1984, ISBN: 0706924541

  • Leelavathy, Thirunavukarasu
    A critical study of Ku_runtokai : an advanced study, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Publications Division, Madurai Kamaraj University, [1992].

  • Manickam, V.Sp.
    The Tamil Concept of Love,
    Madras, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, 1962.

  • Manickam, V. T. (Vellayappa Thenappa), 1933-
    Marutam, an aspect of love in Tamil literature
    Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India : Tema Publishers, 1982.

  • Ma_raimalaiyatikal, 1876-1950 (Swami Vedachalam)
    Ancient and modern Tamil poets, [1st ed.].
    Madras, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, Tinnevelly, 1971.

  • Mariaselvam, Abraham, 1936-
    The Song of Songs and ancient Tamil love poems : poetry and symbolism
    Roma : Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1988.
    Series title: Analecta Biblica ; 118.

  • Marr, John Ralston
    The Eight Anthologies, Inst. of Asian Studies, Thiruvanmayur, Madras, 1985

  • Meenakshisundaram T.P.
    Mullaippattu: The Idylls of Jasmine
    Madras, Orient Longmans, 1958

  • Nagaswamy, R
    Siva Bhakti
    Navrang Publishers, New Delhi/South Asia Books, 1989, ISBN: 817013028X

  • Nagaswami, R.
    Art and culture of Tamil Nadu
    Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan, 1980

  • Nagarajan, K.S.
    Jain contribution to Tamil Culture
    Dhanraj Baid Jain College, Madras, 1977

  • Nannithamby, Loganayagy
    Women in modern Tamil literature (1880-1960)
    Kuala Lumpur: Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya, 1969

  • Narayanan, Vasuda
    The Tamil Veda: Pillan's Interpretation of the Tiruvaymoli, (with John Carmen)
    University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1989, ISBN: 0226093050.
    The vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation & Ritual, 1994.

  • Narayana Rao, Velcheru; David Shulman, David and Subrahmanyam, Sanjay
    Symbols of Substance : Court and State in Nayaka Period Tamilnadu
    Oxford Univ. Press, Feb. 1993, ISBN: 0195630211

  • Natarajan, T
    The Language of the Sangam Literature and Tolkappiyam
    Madurai: Madurai Publ. House, 1977

  • Pande, Susmita
    Birth of bhakti in Indian religions and art
    New Delhi: Books & Books, 1982

  • Pandit, Moti Lal
    Saivism: a religio-philosophical history
    Theological research and communication Inst., New Delhi,1987

  • Parthasarathy, J (translation/english rendering)
    The divine pilgrimage : the story of Perumal cuvaml : a folk-ballad from palm-leaf manuscripts, 1st ed.
    Madras, India : Institute of Asian Studies, 1992.
    Series title: Folklore of Tamilnadu series ; no. 5.,
    general editors, Shu Hikosaka, G. John Samuel ; editor, M. Shanmukham Pillai

  • Parthasarathy, R.
    The Tale of an Anklet: An Epic of South India- The Cilappatikaram of Ilanko Atikal,
    (Translations from the Asian Classics), Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 1993, ISBN: 023107848X

  • Periakaruppan, Rm.
    Traditions and Talents in cankam poetry, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Madurai Pub. House, 1976.

  • Perumal, A. N.
    Tamil drama: origin and development
    Madras: International Inst. of Tamil Studies, 1982

  • Indira Viswanathan Peterson
    Poems to Siva: The Hymns of the Tamil Saints, (Princeton Library of Asian Translations),
    Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, 1989, ISBN: 0691067678

  • Pope, G.U.
    Sacred Utterances (The tiruvaacagam) of Maanikkavaacagar,
    Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1900 (repr: Univ. of Madras, 1959?)

  • Pope, G.U
    A tamil poetical anthology
    Naladiyar (The) or Four Hundred Quartrains in Tamil, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893

  • Pope, G.U
    Tamil heroic poems, 1st ed.
    Madras : South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, Tinnevelly, 1973.

  • Purnalingam Pillai, M. S., b. 1866.
    Tamil literature
    Thanjavur : Tamil University, 1985.

  • Radhakrsnasarma, Calla, 1929-
    The Ramayana in Telugu and Tamil : a comparative study
    Madras : Lakshminarayana Granthamala : distributors, India Book Exports, 1973

  • Raghavan, V
    The Ramayana Traditions in Asia (ed.), Sahitya Akademy, New Delhi, 1980

  • Raghava Aiyangar, M., 1878-1960.
    Some aspects of Kerala and Tamil literature
    translated into English by J. Parthasarathi.
    Trivandrum : Dept. of Publications, University of Kerala, 1948-1950], 1973 printing.

  • Raghunathan, N
    Six long poems from Sangam Tamil , translated into English verse
    Madras : Vighneswara Pub. House, 1978.

  • Ratnaswami, Subramaniam
    A short history of the ancient Tamils and their literature
    Annamalainagar: Thaiyalnayaki Velideeyu, 1979

  • Raja, Krishnamurthy (1952 - )
    The burning urn : [studies in Tamil poetry]
    Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India : Parthibban Pathippagam, 1994.

  • Rajam, V.S.
    A Reference Grammar of Classical Tamil Poetry (150 B.C.--Pre-Fifth/Sixth Century A.D.),
    American Philosophical Society, July 1992, ISBN: 087169199X

  • Rajagopalachari, C
    Auvaiyar: A great Tamil Poetess, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay, 1971
    Ramayana (Translation), Greenleaf books, Nov. 1980, ISBN: 0934676178

  • Ramachandra Dikshatar, V.R.
    Silappadikaaram or The Lady of the Anklets,
    Oxford Univ. Press, Madras, 1939 (repr: Kazhagam, Madras, 1978)

  • Dikshitar, V. R. Ramachandra.
    Studies in Tamil literature and history
    Madras: University of Madras, 1936, 2nd ed, reprinted

  • Ramanujam, A.K.
    Poems of Love and War, From the Eight Anthologies and the Ten Songs of Classical Tamil,
    Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 1985, ISBN: 0231051077

  • Ramanujam, A.K.
    The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology,
    Indiana Univ. Press, Bloomington, 1967, ISBN: 0195635019

  • Ramanujam, A.K
    Fifteen poems from a classical Tamil anthology
    Calcutta, Writers Workshop [1965].

  • Ramanujam, A.K.
    Hymns for the Drowning- Poems of Nammalwar,
    Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, 1981

  • Ramaswami Ayyangar, M.S; B. Seshagiri Rao
    Studies in South Indian Jainism
    Sri Satguru, New Delhi, 1982 (Sri Garib Das Oriental series no.4-5)

  • Raghavan, T.S
    Nine Tales from Tamil Classics
    Madras, Tamilnadu saiva Siddhantha publ. society, 1959

  • Sarangapani, R
    A critical study of Paripatal, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Publications Division, Madurai Kamaraj University, 1984.
    Series title: Publications (Madurai Kamaraj University) ; no. 77.

  • M. Shanmugam Pillai and David E. Ludden (translation)
    Ku_runtokai : an anthology of classical Tamil love poetry, 1st ed.
    Madurai : Koodal Publishers, 1976.

  • Somasundaram Pillai, J.M
    Five Tamil Idylls of Pattupattu
    Madras, 1947

  • Folk beliefs of the Tamils
    M. Shanmugam Pillai and Erica A.E. Claus: translated and edited by,
    A translation from Tamil of a part of a collection of folk beliefs found in S. Carlos's Nattupura nampikaikal, Kannada Sangha, Christ College, Bangalore, 1976
    Madurai: Muttu Patippakam, 1981

  • Shulman, D.D.
    Songs of the Harsh Devotee- The Tevaram of Cuntaramurthinayanar,
    Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1990

  • Shulman, D.D.
    Tamil Temples and Myths: Sacrifice and Divine Marraige in the South Indian Saiva Tradition,
    Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1980

  • Siddalingaiah, T.B
    Origin and Development of saiva siddhantha upto 14th Century
    Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 1979

  • Siddhanthashastree, Rabindra Kumar
    Saivism through the ages
    Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, 1974

  • Srinivasa Iyengar, K.S
    Asian Versions of Ramayana, Sahita Akademy, New Delhi, 1983

  • Subbiah, Ganapathy
    Roots of Tamil Religious Thought,
    Pondicherry Inst. of Linguistics and Culture, Pondicherry, 1991

  • Subramaniam, A.V
    Sips from the Sangam Cup
    Tirunelveli/Madras, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, 1968

  • A. V. Subramanian
    The squirrel in the courtyard: transcompositions from Tamil Sangam lyrics
    Madras: Tamilnadu Textbook Soc., 1980

  • Subramanian, P.R
    Annotated index to Centamil : the journal of the Madurai Tamil Sangam :
    Wiesbaden : Steiner, 1980

  • Subramanyam, K.N.
    The Anklet Story: Silappadhikaram of Ilanko Atikal, Agam Prakashan, New Delhi, 1977

  • Philosophical heritage of the Tamils
    S.V.Subramanian, R. Vijayalakshmy (editors)
    Madras: International Institute of Tamil Studies, 1983

  • N. Subrahmanian
    Tamilian historiography
    Madurai: Ennes Publications, 1988

  • The Kural,
    tr. from the Tamil by P.S. Sundaram
    Madras: P.S. Sundaram, 1987 154p

  • Tirukkural: lights of the righteous life:
    an English verse rendering from the Tamil by K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Calcutta: M.P. Birla Foundation 1988 145p

  • Sundaram P.S
    The Kural, Tiruvalluvar, translated from the Tamil with an introduction
    Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991

  • Sundaram Pillay, P., 1855-1897
    Some mile-stones in the history of Tamil literature
    Madras : Pioneer Book Services, 1985.

  • Sundaramoorthy, G
    Early Literary Theories in Tamil, Madras, 1974

  • K. Swaminathan, Periaswami Thooran, M.R. Perumal Mudaliar (editors)
    The plough and the stars: stories from Tamilnad
    London: Asia Pub. House, c1963

  • Takahashi, Takanobu
    Tamil Love Poetry and Poetics
    (Brill's Indological Library, Vol 9), E.J. Brill, Feb. 1995, ISBN: 9004100423

  • Radha Thiagarajan
    A study of mysticism in thiruvachakam
    Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 1983

  • Raghavan. V.K.S.N.
    A brief study on the Tiruppallandu of Sri Periyalvar, the Tiruppalliyeluchi of Sri Tondaradippodiyalvar, and the Kanninunsiruttambu of Sri Madhurakaviyalvar
    Madras : Sri Visishtadvaita Pracharini Sabha, [1983].

  • Sampath Thathachariar, S. R.
    Three notes on the verses of the Azhwars
    Tiruchy : Sampath Thathachariar, [19]73.

  • Sampath Thathachariar, S. R.
    Four more notes on the verses of the Azhwars
    Srirangam, Tiruchy, Tamil Nadu : Sampath Thathachariar, 1977.

  • Sundaram, P. K., 1926-
    Some philosophical concepts in Purananuru
    Madras : Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Study in Philosophy, University of Madras, 1979.
    Series title: Madras University philosophical series ; no. 26.

  • Thani Nayagam, Xavier S.
    Landscape and poetry: a study of nature in classical Tamil poetry. 2nd ed.
    London/New York, Asia Publishing House, 1966.

  • Trawick, Margaret
    Notes on Love in a Tamil Family
    Univ California Press, Berkeley, USA, August 1990, ISBN: 0520066367

  • Vasudeva Rao, T.N
    Buddhism in the Tamil Country
    Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, 1979

  • Vacek, J. (Jaroslav), Subramanian, S.V
    A Tamil reader: introducing Sangam Literature
    Chennai: Intl. Inst. of Tamil Studies, Madras, 1989 (IITS publ.143)

  • Varadarajan, M., 1912-1974
    The treatment of nature in Sangam literature (ancient Tamil literature)
    Madras, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Pub. Society, Tinnevelly, 1969., 2nd ed.

  • Susan S. Wadley ,edited, contributors, Sheryl B. Daniel ... [et al.].
    The Powers of Tamil women
    Syracuse, N.Y. : Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1980.

  • White, Emmons E.
    The wisdom of the Tamil people, as illustrated by translated selections from their ancient literature
    New Delhi : Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1975.
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  • Yocum, G.E.
    Hymns to the Dancing Siva: A study of Manickkavasagar's "thiruvAchagam",
    New Delhi: Heritage Publishers, 1982

  • Zvelebil, Kamil V.
    The Smile of Murugan, E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1973

  • Zvelebil, Kamil V.
    The Poets of Powers, London: Rider and Company, 1973

  • Zvelebil, Kamil V.
    Classical Tamil Prosody:An introduction, New Era Publishers, Madras, 1989

  • Zvelebil, Kamil V.
    Two Tamil Folktales : The Story of King Matanakama, the Story of Peacock Ravana
    Motilal Banarsidas, Dec. 1987, ISBN: 8120802128

  • Zvelebil, Kamil V.
    Literary conventions in Akam poetry
    1st ed., Madras : Institute of Asian Studies, 1986.


BOOKS IN FRENCH
  • Danielou, Alain
    Prince Ilanko Atikal: le roman de l'anneau (with R.S. Desikan)
    Gallimard, Paris, 1961

  • Francois Gros
    Le Paripatal, texte tamoul. Introd., traduction et notes
    Pondichery, Institut francais d'indologie, 1968.
    Series title: Publications de l'Institut francais d'indologie ; no 35.

  • M. Sangeelee.
    Bouquet de sagesse / textes tamouls choisis et traduits en francais,
    Moka, Ile Maurice : Institut Mahatma Gandhi, c1988.



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