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Empire, Nationalism and the Postcolonial World

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Zusatztext "Rabindranath Tagore remains one of India's greatest thinkers. Michael Collins' book brilliantly sets him in the contex... Lire la suite
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Zusatztext "Rabindranath Tagore remains one of India's greatest thinkers. Michael Collins' book brilliantly sets him in the context of his European contemporaries, indicating how he was both interpreted and mis-interpreted for the wider world." - Sir Christopher Bayly, University of Cambridge, UK "Michael Collins' fine research on the Indian poet and thinker Rabindranath Tagore sheds intriguing new light on the making of his reputation in the West. The book casts the intimate history of understanding and (as often) misunderstanding between Tagore and some of his closest supporters into poignant relief, and reminds us of the powerful and revelatory effects of close historical investigation." - Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, UK "Works of scholarship can spread ripples, and I foresee a considerable ripple effect from Dr Collins' painstaking pursuit of unity amidst the often baffling contradictions of Tagore's discursive writings" William Radice, SOAS; Frontline, Volume 28 - Issue 27 : Dec. 31, 2011-Jan. 13, 2012   Informationen zum Autor Michael Collins is Lecturer in the Department of History at University College London (UCL), UK. He specialises in Modern British and World History and the intellectual history of empire and decolonisation. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/about_us/academic_staff/dr_michael Zusammenfassung By presenting a new interpretation of Rabindranath Tagoreâ™s English language writings, this book places the work of Indiaâ™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 Tagoreâ™s ideas in Indian religious traditions and discusses the impact of early Indian nationalism on Tagoreâ™s thinking. It offers a new interpretation of Tagoreâ™s complex debates with Gandhi about the colonial encounter, Tagoreâ™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 Tagoreâ™s death. An alternative interpretation based on an intellectual history approach, this book places Tagoreâ™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. Inhaltsverzeichnis Foreword Tapan Raychaudhuri Introduction: Tagore, Imperialism and a Global Intellectual History  Part 1: Ideas and Intentions 1. Religion and Reform: Tagoreâ™s Nineteenth Century Inheritance 2. England and the Nobel Prize: Tagore At Home in the World 3. On Nations and Empires: Tagoreâ™s Debates with M. K. Gandhi  Part 2: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters 4. Cross-Purposes: Tagore, W. B. Yeats and âIrish Orientalismâ™ 5. Acts of Atonement: Tagore, C. F. Andrews and E. J. Thompson 6. Rabindranath Redux: Tagoreâ™s Legacy in the Postcolonial World ...

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Michael Collins is Lecturer in the Department of History at University College London (UCL), UK. He specialises in Modern British and World History and the intellectual history of empire and decolonisation.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/about_us/academic_staff/dr_michael



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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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Foreword Tapan Raychaudhuri Introduction: Tagore, Imperialism and a Global Intellectual History Part 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 Part 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
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Code EAN: 9780415593953
ISBN: 978-0-415-59395-3
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 232
Poids: 499g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm
Année: 2011
Auflage: New.

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