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Tagore: The World as His Nest

Sangeeta Datta (Editor) Subhoranjan Dasgupta (Editor)

This anthology bring together twelve essays on the creative and intellectual cosmopolitanism which Rabindranath Tagore held as an essential element of his negotiations of modernity. From the 1920s, Tagore began to distance himself from ideas of nation and nationalism which were limited by political contingency, and move towards a philosophy of univeral humanism associated with creative freedom. This found expression in a whole range of critical and creative responses, in literature, music, politics, pedagogy, rural reconstruction, utopianism and race. The essays in this volume, written by some of the finest scholars working in the field, situate Tagore in the context of both Indian and European modernisms, not only in his own time but also in the continuing exploration and interpretation of his work in the present century.

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About the authors

Sangeeta Datta

Sangeeta Datta is a writer-director-cultural commentator based in London. She is artistic director of the arts organisatio BAITHAK UK and runs a film company called SD Films. Her feature Life Goes On has won several awards in UK and India. She has curated seasons for BFI/National Film Theatre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum. She has published on women's writing and Indian cinema in journals such as the Journal of Art and Culture and EPW. Her book on Shyam Benegal is part of the 'World Director Series' of the British Film Institute. Her publications include the co-edited volume Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art (Routhledge, 2015).

Subhoranjan Dasgupta

Subhoranjan Dasgupta was formerly professor of Human Sciences at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). He obtained his PhD from the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. He has several publications to his creadit in Ben-gali and English. His two abiding passions are neo-Marxian aesthetics and the partition of Bengal, 1947 and he has written on Jibanananda Das, Bishnu Dey, Akhtaruzzaman Elias, Bertolt Brecht and Gunter Grass. His publications include The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India, The Tin Drummer's Odyssey and Elegy and Dream.

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Title Tagore: The World as His Nest
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383660148
length 222p., Illustrations; 24cm.