Overview for The Rimless World
Margaret Chatterjee's fifth collection of verse draws on her varied experience as philosopher, musician, critic and traveler. The poems include highly condensed short works which take flight from an image, and longer ones which deal with the narrative of experience. She combines an Indian rootedness of concern with a wide-ranging transcendence of frontiers. This is evidenced most of all in the title poem which is the key to the rest. Her work shows the sensitivity to space and time which we would expect from a well-known philosopher. V.K. Gokak's comment on Indian poetry written in English is well illustrated in this volumer: "¦its constant endeavour is to delineate the essential humanity and universality which make the world her kith and kin."
Margaret Chatterjee (Author)
Margaret Chatterjee taught philosophy at Delhi University from 1956 to 1990, holding a chair in philosophy during part of this time. During her tenure at Delhi she took time off to be Professor of Comparative Religion at Visva-Bharati, Santinikeran for a year. She has held Visiting Professorships at Drew and Calgary Universities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bryn Mawr College, and was Visiting Scholar in residence at Pendle Hill, Pa. She was Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study at Simla from 1986 to 1989, Spalding Visiting Fellow in Indian Philosophy and Religion at Wolfson College, Oxford in 1991, and from 1992-98 taught philosophy at Westminster College, Oxford. Formerly President of the International Society for Metaphysics, she delivered the Teape Lectures in the University of Cambridge in 1984. She has been researching on Gandhiâ€™s life and thought for many years and has lectured on this subject in many countries. Her publications include Gandhiâ€™s Religious Thought (Macmillan and Notre Dame, 1983) and Gandhi and His Jewish Friends (Macmillan, 1992).