1st Edition

Rabindranath Tagore's Ideational Universe

By Bidyut Chakrabarty Copyright 2024
    242 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book explores Tagore’s socio-political ideas through his novels, short stories, and essays. It looks at Tagore beyond his literary achievements and examines his notions of friendship, religion, nationalism, civilization, and knowledge. It highlights his uniquely textured and innovatively argued views on critical aspects of humanity in the tumultuous phase of Indian nationalist campaign that also witnessed a kaleidoscope of myriad ideological voices, besides the hegemonic mainstream nationalist campaign, led by Gandhi. It captures the bard’s creative ideational priorities and his attempts to radically transform the prevalent socio-economic and politico-cultural environment.

    The volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of history, politics, literature, and South Asian studies.


    1 Rabindranath Tagore: The idea of friendship

    2 Religion

    3 Rabindranath Tagore: Reconceptualizing nationalism

    4 Civilization and its distortions

    5 Knowledge generation and dissemination



    Bidyut Chakrabarty is Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.