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Empire, nationalism and the postcolonial world : Rabindranath Tagore's writings on history, politics and society

Author: Michael Collins
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian studies series, 4.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By presenting a new interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's English language writings, this book places the work of India's greatest Nobel Prize winner and cultural icon in the context of imperial history and thereby bridges the gap between Tagore studies and imperial/postcolonial historiography. Using detailed archival research, the book charts the origins of Tagore's ideas in Indian religious traditions and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Collins, Michael, 1977-
Empire, nationalism and the postcolonial world.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012
(DLC) 2011021922
(OCoLC)668197187
Named Person: Rabindranath Tagore; Rabindranath Tagore
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Collins
ISBN: 9781136580666 1136580662 9780203155448 0203155440 1283459256 9781283459259
OCLC Number: 785584118
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 212 pages).
Contents: pt. 1. Ideas and intentions: Religion and reform: Tagore's nineteenth-century inheritance --
England and the Noble prize: Tagore at home in the world --
On nations and empires: Tagore's debates with M.K. Gandhi --
pt. 2. Colonial and postcolonial encounters: Cross-purposes: Tagore, W.B. Yeats and "Irish Orientalism" --
Acts of atonement: Tagore, C.F. Andrews and E.J. Thompson --
Rabindranath redux: Tagore and the post colonial world.
Series Title: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian studies series, 4.
Responsibility: Michael Collins ; foreword by Tapan Raychaudhuri.

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By presenting a new interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's English language writings, this book places the work of India's greatest Nobel Prize winner and cultural icon in the context of imperial history and thereby bridges the gap between Tagore studies and imperial/postcolonial historiography. Using detailed archival research, the book charts the origins of Tagore's ideas in Indian religious traditions and discusses the impact of early Indian nationalism on Tagore's thinking. It offers a new interpretation of Tagore's complex debates with Gandhi about the colonial encounter, Tagore's provocative analysis of the impact of British imperialism in India and his questioning of nationalism as a pathway to authentic postcolonial freedom. The book also demonstrates how the man and his ideas were received and interpreted in Britain during his lifetime and how they have been sometimes misrepresented by nationalist historians and postcolonial theorists after Tagore's death. An alternative interpretation based on an intellectual history approach, this book places Tagore's sense of agency, his ideas and intentions within a broader historical framework. Offering an exciting critique of postcolonial theory from a historical perspective, it is a timely contribution in the wake of the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birth in 2011.

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