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Tagore's Ideas of the New Woman
The Making and Unmaking of Female Subjectivity

  • Chandrava Chakravarty - Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24-Parganas,West Bengal
  • Sneha Kar Chaudhuri - Assistant Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24-Parganas, West Bengal

July 2017 | 316 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A notable contribution on Tagore’s vision of womanhood

This book theorizes the continuous reconfigurations—‘making’ and ‘unmaking’—of female subjectivity in Tagore’s life, his times, and his works. This transhistorical approach in the book makes gender formations and discourses of the past relevant and necessary to the understanding of postmodern gender issues and ideologies.

A unique feature of this compilation is the variety of genres that it covers, ranging from Tagore’s poems, dance dramas, dance forms and their innovative uses, the gender-specific nature of several Rabindrasangeet, his travel writings and paintings, to highlighting the postmodern reworks of Tagore’s novels on celluloid. On the whole, this edited collection with its extensive focus on the issues of gender, heterosexual love, marriage and patriarchy in relation to the works of Tagore strengthens the claim that the politics of culture and the gendering of social subjectivity were intrinsic to the representative ideologies of literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

 

Fakrur Alam
Foreword
 
Preface
Chandrava Chakravarty and Sneha Kar Chaudhuri
Introduction
 
PART I BEYOND ESSENTIALISM
Jasodhara Bagchi
Tagore and Woman: Some Thoughts
Uma Das Gupta
Shantiniketan: Education for Girls
 
PART II NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Mandakranta Bose
Gender and the Spiritual Quest in Tagore’s Poetry
Malini Bhattacharya
Rabindranath’s Chandalika: Woman as Prakriti and Prakriti in Woman
 
PART III REALM OF DOMESTICITY
Supriya Chaudhuri
Domestic Space in Tagore’s Fiction
Sanjukta Dasgupta
Tagore’s Docile Daughters: Ambivalence in Family Life
Nandini Bhattacharya
Re-reading Rabindranath Tagore’s 'Streer Patra' (The Wife’s Letter, 1914) in the Light of Epistolary Culture in Colonial India
 
PART IV SELFHOOD AND AGENCY
Tirthankar Bose
How to Fool Women: Tagore’s Tales of Seduction
Chandrava Chakravarty
The Dichotomies of Body and Mind Spaces: The Widows in Chokher Bali and Chaturanga
Dipannita Datta
‘Bimala Is What She Is': Re-reading Bimala and Gender (In)justice in Rabindranath’s The Home and the World
 
PART V WOMEN IN TRAVEL WRITING
Jayati Gupta
The ‘Other’ Women in Tagore’s Travels to Europe
Amrit Sen
Rabindranath Tagore’s Travelogues and the Absent Female Voice
 
PART VI WOMEN IN OTHER ARTS
Debashish Raychaudhuri
Gender in Rabindrasangeet
Tapati Gupta
Breaking the Mould: Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore
Amita Dutt
Women in Tagore’s Dance-Dramas
Sneha Kar Chaudhuri
Tagore’s New Woman and the Contradictions of Patriarchy: Adapting Char Adhyay as Elar Char Adhyay

‘A rich compilation of essays from stalwarts in the field, revealing how the women in Tagore’s varied representations straddle the public/private spheres depicting the myriad moods of the feminine, from the abstract to the concrete, from the empowered to the romantic.’ 

Abhijit Sen,
Professor of English, Visva-Bharati
Key features

A notable contribution on Tagore’s vision of womanhood

This book theorizes the continuous reconfigurations—‘making’ and ‘unmaking’—of female subjectivity in Tagore’s life, his times, and his works. This transhistorical approach in the book makes gender formations and discourses of the past relevant and necessary to the understanding of postmodern gender issues and ideologies.

A unique feature of this compilation is the variety of genres that it covers, ranging from Tagore’s poems, dance dramas, dance forms and their innovative uses, the gender-specific nature of several Rabindrasangeet, his travel writings and paintings, to highlighting the postmodern reworks of Tagore’s novels on celluloid. On the whole, this edited collection with its extensive focus on the issues of gender, heterosexual love, marriage and patriarchy in relation to the works of Tagore strengthens the claim that the politics of culture and the gendering of social subjectivity were intrinsic to the representative ideologies of literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

 


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ISBN: 9789381345160