Tagore’s Ghare Baire (Home and the World) and Chaar Adhyaya (Four Chapters): Rethinking Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and Gender

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter is an attempt to critically analyse Tagore’s engagement with nationalism, cosmopolitanism and gender in the novel Ghare Baire by bringing Tagore and Levinas into a conversation. Levinas’ ethics, his articulation of ‘the other’ and its inclusion have resonances and differences with Tagore’s articulations of nationalism and cosmopolitanism. Tagore’s cosmopolitanism in the novel Ghare Baire is as problematic as the nationalism he critiques. While Tagore’s Ghare Baire provides little possibility of a cosmopolitanism based on Levinas’ ethics and articulation of the ‘other’, his novel Chaar Adhyaya is more progressive in its vision of humanitarian principles and critique of violence.

Keywords

Levinas Aporetic politics The other Gender emancipation Freedom 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWilson CollegeMumbaiIndia

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