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Space, Interiority, and Affect in <i>Charulata</i> and <i>Ghare Baire</i>

Supriya Chaudhuri

in Filming Fiction

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075936
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081851 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075936.003.0007
Space, Interiority, and Affect in Charulata and Ghare Baire

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This chapter draws interesting parallels between Western phenomenological discourse and the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, focusing on the poetics of space. It examines Satyajit Ray's cinematic transcreations of Tagore, primarily with reference to the bourgeois interiors in Charulata, Ghare Baire, and ‘Monihara’ in Teen Kanya. It argues that Ray never sought a simple translation of Tagore's metaphors into visual forms, and instead substituted them with a range of cinematic frames within which space, interiority, affect, and self-image received distinct treatments. It also alludes to postmodern experiences of viewing within the home where the gaze of the camera is replaced by the proliferation of looks subject to interruption. A film like Charulata, made to be viewed in the cinema theatre continues to engage the viewer by creating a space of intimate cinema by projecting an aura within which the audience shares in that interior space and interior time.

Keywords: Rabindranath Tagore; Satyajit Ray; poetics of space; Charulata; Ghare Baire; Teen Kanya; interiority; affect; self-image; metaphors

Chapter.  7107 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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