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Tagore's Ideas of the New Woman

Tagore's Ideas of the New Woman
The Making and Unmaking of Female Subjectivity

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Chandrava Chakravarty - Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24-Parganas,West Bengal
  • Sneha Kar Chaudhuri - Assistant Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24-Parganas, West Bengal

June 2017 | 316 pages | SAGE Stree

A notable contribution on Tagore’s vision of womanhood

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.


Fakrur Alam
Chandrava Chakravarty and Sneha Kar Chaudhuri
Jasodhara Bagchi
Tagore and Woman: Some Thoughts
Uma Das Gupta
Shantiniketan: Education for Girls
Mandakranta Bose
Gender and the Spiritual Quest in Tagore’s Poetry
Malini Bhattacharya
Rabindranath’s Chandalika: Woman as Prakriti and Prakriti in Woman
Supriya Chaudhuri
Domestic Space in Tagore’s Fiction
Sanjukta Dasgupta
Tagore’s Docile Daughters: Ambivalence in Family Life
Nandini Bhattacharya
Re-reading Rabindranath Tagore’s 'Streer Patra' (The Wife’s Letter, 1914) in the Light of Epistolary Culture in Colonial India
Tirthankar Bose
How to Fool Women: Tagore’s Tales of Seduction
Chandrava Chakravarty
The Dichotomies of Body and Mind Spaces: The Widows in Chokher Bali and Chaturanga
Dipannita Datta
‘Bimala Is What She Is': Re-reading Bimala and Gender (In)justice in Rabindranath’s The Home and the World
Jayati Gupta
The ‘Other’ Women in Tagore’s Travels to Europe
Amrit Sen
Rabindranath Tagore’s Travelogues and the Absent Female Voice
Debashish Raychaudhuri
Gender in Rabindrasangeet
Tapati Gupta
Breaking the Mould: Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore
Amita Dutt
Women in Tagore’s Dance-Dramas
Sneha Kar Chaudhuri
Tagore’s New Woman and the Contradictions of Patriarchy: Adapting Char Adhyay as Elar Char Adhyay

‘A rich compilation of essays from stalwarts in the field, revealing how the women in Tagore’s varied representations straddle the public/private spheres depicting the myriad moods of the feminine, from the abstract to the concrete, from the empowered to the romantic.’ 

Abhijit Sen,
Professor of English, Visva-Bharati

The book is a compilation of much nuanced essays written by experts in the field and promises to offer a trajectory of movement in Tagore’s sensibilities as well as its reception (in contemporary times) relevant to the field of cultural theory, aesthetics and philosophy. The same are investigated through the lens of Tagore’s gender concerns and though its engagement is academic, the book will interest anyone concerned with questions of social justice and rights.

Free Press Journal, 17 September 2017

Chandrava Chakravarty

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 Gendering the Nation: Identity Politics and the English Stage of the Long Eighteenth Century (2013). Recent articles are ‘The “King” in Rabindranath Tagore’s Drama’, in the Politics and Reception of Rabindranath Tagore’s Drama, A. Bhattacharya and M. Renganathan, eds (2015); ‘Connecting Hemispheres, Playing with Distance: Rammohan Roy, an Indian Transnationalist’, in The... More About Author

Sneha Kar Chaudhuri

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. Her post-doctoral research interests are Adaptation Studies, Gender Studies, Trauma Studies, and popular culture and films. More About Author

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