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Empire, Nationalism and the Postcolonial World: Rabindranath Tagore's Writings on History, Politics and Society

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Michael Collins (D.Phil. Oxon) is Lecturer in the Department of History at University College London (UCL), England. He has writt... Lire la suite
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Michael Collins (D.Phil. Oxon) is Lecturer in the Department of History at University College London (UCL), England. He has written on the intellectual history of the British-Indian colonial encounter, and his current research concerns historical and theoretical problems relating to the British experience of empire and decolonisation.



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This book presents a new interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's English language writings and his encounters with Western cultural and intellectual figures. It places the work of India's greatest nobel prize winner and cultural icon in the context of other colonial and postcolonial thinkers and thus bridges the gap between 'Tagore studies' and imperial/postcolonial historiography. The first part of the book provides an account of the origins and evolution of Tagore's thought. Addressing nationhood and nationalist practice was central to Tagore's analysis of the effects of colonialism in India and the appropriate Indian response. For the first time, the writer's debates with Gandhi are used here to demonstrate a new interpretation of Tagore's position on the central question of the impact of the British Empire on India and whether nationalism could provide a pathway to authentic freedom. The second part of the book demonstrates how the man and his ideas were received and interpreted in the colonial metropole during his lifetime, and by postcolonial historians and theorists in the later twentieth century. 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, this book is a timely contribution in the wake of the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birth in 2011.



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Introduction: Tagore, Imperialism and a Global Intellectual History Section 1: Ideas and Intentions 1. Religion and Reform: Tagore's Nineteenth Century Inheritance 2. England and the Nobel Prize: Tagore At Home in the World 3. On Nations and Empires: Tagore's Debates with M. K. Gandhi Section 2: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters 4. Cross-Purposes: Tagore, W. B. Yeats and 'Irish Orientalism' 5. Acts of Atonement: Tagore, C. F. Andrews and E. J. Thompson 6. Rabindranath Redux: Tagore's Legacy in the Postcolonial World

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Titre: Empire, Nationalism and the Postcolonial World: Rabindranath Tagore's Writings on History, Politics and Society
Sous-titre: Rabindranath Tagore''s Writings on History, Politics and Society
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Code EAN: 9780415593953
ISBN: 978-0-415-59395-3
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Routledge Chapman Hall
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 216
Poids: 503g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T14mm
Année: 2011
Auflage: New

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