Tagore’s Ideas of the New Woman: The Making and Unmaking of Female Subjectivity
Edited by Chandrava Chakravarty, Sneha Kar Chaudhuri
9789381345160 | HB | pp. 316 | 2017 | SAGE, Stree
This anthology covers several genres of Tagore’s work to give us his ideas on female subjectivity.
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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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About the Editors
Chandrava Charkravarty is Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University; her interests are the complex connections between gender construction, identity and nation-building in various forms of canonical and non-canonical texts. Among her recent books is <em?Gendering the Nation: Identity Politics and the English Stage of the Long Eighteenth Century.
Sneha Kar Chaudhuri is Assistant Professor of English, West Bengal State University and Guest Faculty at Department of English, Jadavpur University; formerly Assistant Editor and current Editorial Board member of Neo-Victorian Studies, UK. Her areas of specialization include Neo-Victorian Studies, Victorian literature, postmodern and post-colonial fiction.
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