Tagore and Nationalism

  • K. L. Tuteja
  • Kaustav Chakraborty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. K. L. Tuteja, Kaustav Chakraborty
    Pages 1-13
  3. Nationalism, Ambivalence and Tagore

  4. Nation and Textual Representations

  5. National Discourse Under the Comparative Lens

  6. Interrogating Nationalism in Art and Culture

About this book


This volume brings together eminent Tagore scholars and younger writers to revisit the concepts of nation, nationalism, identity and selfhood, civilization, culture and homeland in Tagore’s writings. As these ideas take up the centre-stage of politics in the subcontinent as also elsewhere in the world in the 21st century, it becomes extremely relevant to revisit his works in this context. 

Tagore’s ambivalence towards nationalism as an ideology was apparent in the responses in his discussions with Indians and non-Indians alike. Tagore developed the concept of ‘syncretic’ civilization as a basis of nationalist civilizational unity, where society was central, unlike the European model of state-centric civilization. However, as the subterranean tensions of communalism became clear in the early 20th century, Tagore reflexively critiqued his own political position in society. He thus emerged as the critic of the nation/nation-state and in this he shared his deep unease with other thinkers like Romain Rolland and Albert Einstein. 

This volume for the first time covers the socio-political, historical, literary and cultural concerns relating to Tagore’s efforts towards the 'de-colonization' of the Self. The volume begins with various perspectives on Tagore’s ‘ambivalence’ about nationalism. It encompasses critical examinations of Tagore’s literary works and other art forms as well as adaptations of his works on film. It also reads Tagore’s nationalism in a comparative mode with contemporary thinkers in India and abroad who were engaged in similar debates.


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Editors and affiliations

  • K. L. Tuteja
    • 1
  • Kaustav Chakraborty
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of Advanced StudyShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Advanced StudyShimlaIndia

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