Nation and Individuation

Esha Niyogi De

in Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072553
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080915 | DOI:
Nation and Individuation

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Diachronic and synchronic readings are used to present a description of Tagore's gendered ethic of the ‘individual person’. This is said to become cumulatively complex with the way it grapples with his elite-male-oriented biases. This chapter stresses the importance of approaching diachronic reading with a caveat in mind. The author focuses on the later works of Rabindranath Tagore, who challenged the dual processes of empire and resistant nationalism. The struggles of affective cognition faced in Tagore's individuated critique by one such aesthetic activist are examined as well. The imagination, gender, and classification found in Tagore's thought are discussed in this chapter. Other topics included are the radical gender critique, the aesthetics of ethical communication, and a detailed study of the concept of the dancing woman and the self-responsible male imagination.

Keywords: diachronic readings; synchronic readings; Rabindranath Tagore; affective cognition; radical gender critique; aesthetics of ethical communication; dancing woman; self-responsible male imagination

Chapter.  15515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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