Novelist Tagore

Gender and Modernity in Selected Texts

By Radha Chakravarty

© 2013 – Routledge India

170 pages

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About the Book

Rabindranath Tagore is widely regarded as a poet-philosopher and educationist, but his novels remain a relatively underexplored aspect of his oeuvre. Focusing on gender and modernity as key features of his fiction, this book charts Tagore's evolution as a novelist from self-conscious psychologizing in Chokher Bali to an engagement with nationalism in Gora and Ghare Baire (The Home and the World); a portrayal of asceticism and desire in Chaturanga (Quartet); an analysis of marriage, sexuality and change in Bengali society in Yogayog (Relationships); an effervescent fusion of social satire and literary experimentation in Shesher Kabita (Farewell Song); and an intense, dramatic study of love, politics and terrorism in Char Adhyay (Four Chapters).

This study demonstrates that Tagore’s writings cannot be readily assimilated within current theoretical frameworks, and urges us to rethink the conventional oppositions between tradition and modernity, masculinity and femininity, East and West, and local and global. Addressing a major gap in the field, the book reconstructs Tagore as a novelist of eminent stature, demonstrates the range and complexity of his creative genius, his contribution to literary history and the relevance of his reflections to our times. Enriched by insights into the biographical and socio-historical contexts of his novels, this book will be of special interest to researchers, teachers and students of comparative and world literature, history, postcolonial studies and gender studies, as also to Tagore enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Chokher Bali: The Novel of the New Age 2. Gora: Nationalism and the Quest for Identity 3. Quartet: Reason, Religion and Sexuality 4. The Home and the World: Gender and Nationalism 5. Yogayog: A World in Transition 6. Farewell Song: Romance and Realism 7. Four Chapters: The Language of Violence. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.

About the Author

Radha Chakravarty is a literary critic and translator. She teaches English Literature at Gargi College, University of Delhi.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies