[Milton-L] UTQ 77:4 - Rabindranath Tagore: Facets of a Cultural Icon now available online

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Announcing a special issue from University of Toronto Quarterly

Rabindranath Tagore: Facets of a Cultural Icon

Now available online at:


Announcing UTQ (77:4) highlighting a multifaceted talent and Nobel
prize-winner in the field of literature, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate (in 1913 for literature)
can well be deemed a 'cultural icon' in the sense that he embodied and
articulated an integrated conception of human culture through his
charismatic personality and manifold creative works. Tagore's vision of
human life is one that stems from the cultural soil of his native Bengal but
opens onto and embraces humanity as a whole, each portion of which remains
rooted in its own native cultural soil. Those who find converging in
Rabindranath Tagore and his work a dynamic view of how human life actually
is and of how it might be yet more authentically human have reason to hope
that he and his work may become more widely known and more accurately
appreciated worldwide.


To that end, this issue of University of Toronto Quarterly 77.4 Fall 2008,
edited by Kathleen and Joseph O'Connell, presents eleven essays by
authorities on several aspects of Rabindranath Tagore's immense oeuvre and
impact. The contributors provide guidance to those would discover and
reclaim Tagore, creative and humane cultural icon that he was and remains,
in as authentic and faithful a way as possible, neither confining him in a
stultifying orthodoxy of interpretation that he would abhor nor allowing
substandard or 

tendentious misrepresentations of him and his work to go unchallenged.


Each author draws upon his or her particular expertise to refract and
illuminate significant sectors of Tagore's remarkably complex and productive
life and work. Krishna Dutta taps into his letters as a 'beacon' to
biographers like herself. Kathleen O'Connell and Uma Das Gupta present
Tagore, respectively, as innovative educator and pioneer in rural
development. Ana Jelnikar explores the personal, cultural and political
factors behind W.B. Yeats's (mis)reading of Tagore, while Giuseppe Flora
mines Italian sources to explain the poet's 

tortuous relationship with Italy as it struggled between fascism and
liberalism in the 1920s. Anisuzzaman reports on the sometimes acrimonious
'claiming' versus 'disclaiming' of Tagore in former East Pakistan and
current Bangladesh. Saranindranath Tagore (grandnephew of the poet) gives a
philosophical exposition and defence of the poet-philosopher's conception of
cosmopolitanism. Mandakranta Bose reflects 

on the distinctive quality and problematic fate of Rabindra-nritya, a unique
style of modern dance introduced by Tagore. William Radice argues for a new
and more insightful way of classifying Rabindra-sangit, the body of
Bangla-language songs that Tagore considered the most valuable and enduring
of his manifold cultural legacy. Suddhaseel Sen complements Radice's essay
with a detailed analysis of Europeancomposers' efforts to set to Western
music poems of Tagore (in translations). Mahmud Shah Qureshi concludes the
issue with an extensive review of literary and assessments of Rabindranath
Tagore by Bengali Muslim writers-men and women who shared the language in
which the poet was most talented and prolific, Bangla (Bengali), but were of
a different religio-communal background.



f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=0> Introduction: Rabindranath Tagore as 'Cultural
Joseph T. O'Connell and Kathleen M. O'Connell


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=1> Tagore's Letters: A Beacon for Biographers 
Krishna Dutta


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=2> Freedom, Creativity, and Leisure in Education:
Tagore in Canada, 1929 
Kathleen O'Connell


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=3> Tagore's Ideas of Social Action and the Sriniketan
Experiment of Rural Reconstruction, 1922--41 
Uma Das Gupta


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=4> W.B. Yeats's (Mis)Reading of Tagore: Interpreting
an Alien Culture 
Ana Jelnikar


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=5> Tagore and Italy: Facing History and Politics 
Giuseppe Flora


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=6> Claiming and Disclaiming a Cultural Icon: Tagore in
East Pakistan and Bangladesh 


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=7> Tagore's Conception of Cosmopolitanism: A
Saranindranath Tagore


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=8> Indian Modernity and Tagore's Dance 
Mandakranta Bose


f2993d77ea3ddc067e&pi=9> Keys to the Kingdom: The Search for How Best to
Understand and Perform the Songs of Tagore 
William Radice


ee8b7c73dfc1f14c0b&pi=10> The Art Song and Tagore: Settings by Western
Suddhaseel Sen


ee8b7c73dfc1f14c0b&pi=11> Literary Assessments of Tagore by Bengali Muslim
Mahmud Shah Qureshi


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