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Tagore, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism : Perceptions, Contestations and Contemporary Relevance

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This book is a fresh examination of Rabindranath Tagore's ideas on nationalism and his rhetoric of cosmopolitanism. It critically analyses the poetics and the politics of his works and specifically responds to Tagore's three lectures on nationalism delivered during the early years of the twentieth century and later compiled in his book Nationalism (1917).


This volume:




Discusses Tagore's perception of nationalism - the many-sidedness of his engagement with nationalism, the root causes of his anathema against the ideology, ambiguities and limitations associated with his perception and his alternative vision of cosmopolitanism or global unity;
Cross-examines an alternative view of cosmopolitanism based on Tagore's inclusivist ideology to "seek my compatriots all over the world";
Explores how his ideas on nationalism and cosmopolitanism found myriad expressions across his works - in prose, fiction, poetry, travelogue, songs - as well as in the legacy of cinematic adaptations of his writings;
Investigates the relevance of Tagore's thoughts on nationalism and cosmopolitanism in relation to the contemporary rise of religious, nationalist and sectarian violence in the twenty-first century.


A key study on the relevance of Tagore's political philosophy in the contemporary world with contributions from eminent Tagore scholars in South Asia as well as the West, this book will be of great interest to readers and researchers in the fields of literature, political science, cultural studies, philosophy and Asian studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 720g
  • Routledge India
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0367218720
  • 9780367218720

Table of contents

Introduction


Mohammad A. Quayum





Part I: Tagore, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Perceptions, Contestations, Ambiguities, Limitations and Contemporary Relevance





1. Antinomies of Nationalism and Rabindranath Tagore


Sabyasachi Bhattacharya





2. Rabindranath Tagore's Engagement with Nationalism


Serajul Islam Chowdhury





3. Imagining "One World": Rabindranath Tagore's Critique of Nationalism


Mohammad A. Quayum





4. Visva-Bharati: Tagore's Response to Aggressive Nationalism?


Kathleen M. O'Connell





5. Nationalism Then and Now: An Exploration of Tagore's Relevance Today


Christine Marsh





6. Pilgrim Man: Rabindranath Tagore's Cosmopolitanism and Cosmic Consciousness


Narasingha P. Sil





7. Tagore, Cosmopolitanism and Secular Ethic


Satish C. Aikant





8. For Love of Country: Debating Martha Nussbaum on Cosmopolitanism in Tagore


Bindu Puri








Part II: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Interrogating the Genres





9. Rabindranath Tagore: Nationalism and Poetry - Message of Universal Humanism


Shanta Acharya





10. "Hungry Stone": Colonial Uncanny and the Return of the Repressed


Dipankar Roy





11. Narrating Nation, Society, Cosmopolitanism and Culture: A Study of Three Stories by Rabindranath Tagore


Lalita Pandit Hogan





12. Finding One's Home Abroad: Tagore's Thinking on Nation in the Travelogues to Japan and Persia


Anindya Bhattacharya





13. On Music and Memory: Rabindranath Tagore's Songs of Nature in the Age of Nationalism


Saurav Dasthakur





14. Cinematic Representations of Rabindranath Tagore's Views of Nationalism: The Figure of the "Patriot" in Ghare Baire and Elar Char Adhyay


Srimati Mukherjee
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About Mohammad A. Quayum

Mohammad A. Quayum is Professor of English at International Islamic University Malaysia and Adjunct Professor at Flinders University and the University of South Australia. His books on Tagore include Beyond Boundaries: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore (2014), and Rabindranath Tagore: The Ruined Nest and Other Stories (trans.; 2014).
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