Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore’s Fiction and Films

By: Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti & Mary Mathew

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Much has been said and documented about the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore. Radical Rabindranath is a post-colonial reading that focuses on areas that have been marginalised because of the more dominant and compelling desire in the West to establish Tagore as a transcendent visionary and poet-philosopher. The volume breaks new ground as it critiques Tagore’s non-conformism, radical outlook and occasional ambivalence as seen in his novels and short stories. In its re-readings of his works, it meticulously analyses issues such as sexual desire, repression, and jealousy on the one hand, and nation, politics, family and gender on the other. It also shows how, amidst changing social structures, his women protagonists are motivated by promptings of self-discovery and self-realisation, as well as a compulsive need to recreate their identities. The volume breaks new ground as it critiques Tagore’s non-conformism, radical outlook and occasional ambivalence as seen in his novels and short stories. In its re-readings of his works, it meticulously analyses issues such as sexual desire, repression, and jealousy on the one hand, and nation, politics, family and gender on the other. It also shows how, amidst changing social structures, his women protagonists are motivated by promptings of self-discovery and self-realisation, as well as a compulsive need to recreate their identities. The book includes readings from selected film versions of Tagore’s fiction. These trace the deviations from the original texts to highlight how pre- and post-independence Indian/Bengali film-makers have appropriated Tagore’s literary texts by emphasising gender positions, the politics of the sexualised body and body images.Printed Pages: 389.

Title: Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore’s Fiction and Films

Author Name: Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti & Mary Mathew

Categories: India, Philosophy,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2013

ISBN: 8125050280

ISBN 13: 9788125050285

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101859

Keywords: Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore’s Fiction and Films Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti & Mary Mathew