Description : This volume of 22 essays spans a wide trajectory, foregrounding the texts of Tagore and Tagore as text. The Tagorean spirit that makes the bard so relevant in the 21st century forms the basis of this compilation. Tagore's travels to various parts of the world, his reception and response to diverse cultures, his scepticism about the rigid parameters of nationalism all establish the perception that Tagore was remarkably at home in the world. Tagore's concern was with life, play and contingency-with the momentary as well as the eternal. It is this strain of unacknowledged modernism and life-affirming vision that make his work powerful. A believer in freedom of the individual, creative freedom and freedom of all, his words are as pertinent in today's context as they were in his time. This volume analyses how the constrictions of the specificities of place, location and geographies have always been interrogated by Tagore for whom space was a defining trope. With contributions from some leading Tagore experts both from India and abroad, this volume enables us to re-read Tagore as a messenger of world harmony and peace.
Description : Designed as a companion to Rabindranath Tagore's 'Ghare-Baire' (The Home and the World), the ten essays of this volume cover the novel in terms of the complexity of colonial modernity. The book will be of great value and interest to those studying Indian literature, post-coloniality, gender representations and nationalism.
Description : Gennem historien om en krise i Rani Vimala's og Nikhil's ægteskab får læseren indblik i de sociale og politiske brydninger mellem gammelt og nyt i Bengalen i begyndelsen af 1900-tallet
Description : This collection provides a lucid introduction for those unfamiliar with Tagore's work, while simultaneously presenting importnat new scholarship and novel interpretation. Rabindranath Tagore is considered the greatest modern writer of India. He is also one of the great social and political figures in modern Indian history. After he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, Tagore's reputation in the West has been based primarily on his mystical poetry. But beyond poetry, Tagore wrote novels of social realism, treating nationalism, religious intolerance, and violence. He wrote analytic works on social reform, education, and science- even engaging in a brief dialogue with Albert Einstein. Without ignoring religion and mysticism, the essays in this collection concentrate on this other Tagore. They explicate Tagore's writings in relation to its historical and literary context and, at the same time, draw out those aspects of Tagore's work that continue to bear on contemporary society.
Description : These articles are mostly lectures delivered in the past many years on Tagore in different forums within India and abroad and also during my stay at Edinburgh Napier University as First Tagore Chair. These lectures on different aspects on Tagore are mostly concerned with his time and his multifaceted creativity, a discussion on myth, orality and folklore with reference to Tagore, intellectual conflict and companionship between Tagore and Gandhi. There are similarly articles on Tagore and his intellectual cum logical and reasoned relationship with Jagadish Chandra Bose, Mahalanobis and Ramananda Chattopadhyay and their idea about India. This idea of India was further elaborated with reference to Swami Vivekananda and also with reference to post colonialism. One will also find how Tagore could renounce his long time friendship with Kakuzo (Tenshin Okakura for the sake of establishing peace against war in the world. The book also relates the story of Gitanjali and people's false publicity that W. B. Yeats corrected English of the poems of Gitanjali. With reference to Gitanjali there is a long discussion on Medieval Indian Bhakti Poetry of Conversion and Subversion and Continuity of a Tradition. This book deals with the life and his much splendored creativity under the big sun umbrella of Indian Renaissance whose reality was for the first time was brought into focus of public domain. —Indra Nath Choudhuri
Description : If boundaries protect us from threats, how should we think about the boundaries of states in a world where threats to human rights emanate from both outside the state and the state itself? Arguing that attitudes towards boundaries are premised on assumptions about the locus of threats to vital interests, Rahul Rao digs beneath two major normative orientations towards boundaries-cosmopolitanism and nationalism-which structure thinking on questions of public policy and identity. Insofar as the Third World is concerned, hegemonic versions of both orientations are underpinned by simplistic imageries of threat. In the cosmopolitan gaze, political and economic crises in the Third World are attributed mainly to factors internal to the Third World state with the international playing the role of heroic saviour. In Third World nationalist imagery, the international is portrayed as a realm of neo-imperialist predation from which the domestic has to be secured. Both images capture widely held intuitions about the sources of threats to human rights, but each by itself provides a resolutely partial inventory of these threats. By juxtaposing critical accounts of both discourses, Rao argues that protest sensibilities in the current conjuncture must be critical of hegemonic variants of both cosmopolitanism and nationalism. The second half of the book illustrates what such a critique might look like. Journeying through the writings of James Joyce, Rabindranath Tagore, Edward Said and Frantz Fanon, the activism of 'anti-globalisation' protesters, and the dilemmas of queer rights activists, Rao demonstrates that important currents of Third World protest have long battled against both the international and the domestic, in a manner that combines nationalist and cosmopolitan sensibilities.
Description : Stephen Bronner's book brings together dozens of the most important pieces by the thinkers who form and expand the canon of contemporary political thought.
Description : Set against the backdrop of the Partition of Bengal by the British in 1905, Home and the World(Ghare Baire) is the story of a young liberal-minded zamindar Nikhilesh, his educated and sensitive wife Bimala, and Nikhilesh s friend Sandip, a charismatic nationalist leader whom Bimala finds herself attracted to. A perceptive exposition of the difficulties surrounding women s emancipation in pre-modern India, and a telling portrayal of the chasms inherent in the nationalist movement, Home and the Worldhas generated endless debate and discussion. This classic novel by Nobel Prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore, first published in Bengali in 1916, is now available in a lucid new translation.
Description : Rabindranath Tagore's Ghare Baire was first serialised in 1914 and published as a novel in 1916. The events in the novel deal with the period 1905-7, a period of tremendous political unrest in Bengal. The public upheaval takes place alongside another revolution that of women's emancipation and a new gender equation. Ghare Bhaire (The Home and the World) is the first fictional exploration of the tangled web of crucial issues related to the two spheres, the home and the world, in early twentieth century Bengal. Towards Freedom is a collection of critical essays on the issues raised by Tagore's novel in a contemporary world where differences of religion, region, class, caste, gender, etc., constantly demand to be addressed. It focuses upon the crafting of the novel out of complex historical contexts of caste, class and gender politics. By examining the play of ideologies in this novel, the anthology aims to help students recognise the importance of locating imaginative literature within its histories. Given that most of these structured hierarchies of oppression function powerfully in our lives even today, Towards Freedom stresses the continuing relevance of engaging with the issues raised by a novel which looks at the private and the political as intertwined.