Rabindranath Tagore in the 21st Century

Theoretical Renewals

  • Debashish Banerji

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rosinka Chaudhuri
    Pages 15-23
  3. Radha Chakravarty
    Pages 25-35
  4. Amit Chaudhuri
    Pages 37-51
  5. Makarand R. Paranjape
    Pages 53-67
  6. Saurav Dasthakur
    Pages 203-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-288

About this book


This critical volume addresses the question of Rabindranath Tagore's relevance for postmodern and postcolonial discourse in the twenty-first century. The volume includes contributions by leading contemporary scholars on Tagore and analyses Tagore's literature, music, theatre, aesthetics, politics and art against contemporary theoretical developments in postcolonial literature and social theory. The authors take up themes as varied as the implications of Tagore’s educational vision for contemporary India; new theoretical interpretations of gender, queer elements, feminism and subalternism in Tagore's literary and social expressions; his language use as a vehicle for a dialogue between positivism, Orientalism and other constructs in the ongoing process of globalization; the nature of the influence of Tagore's music and literature on national and cultural identity formation, particularly in Bengal and Bangladesh; and intersubjectivity and critical modernity in Tagore’s art. This volume opens up a space for Tagore’s critique and his creative innovations in present theoretical engagements.


Contemporary approaches to Tagore Feminism and Tagore Intersubjectivity in Tagore's art Postmodern interpretation of Tagore Queer theory and Tagore Self and subjectivity in Tagore's portraits Tagore and Bangladeshi identity Tagore and Bengali identity Tagore and aesthetics Tagore and the Bauhaus Tagore's educational reforms Tagore's music

Editors and affiliations

  • Debashish Banerji
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian StudiesUniversity of Philosophical ResearchLos AngelesUSA

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