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Rabindranath Tagore and the politics of friendship

Collins, M; (2012) Rabindranath Tagore and the politics of friendship. South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies , 35 (1) 118 - 142. 10.1080/00856401.2011.648908. Green open access

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Abstract

Caught between an arrogant European modernist elite and a proprietorial Indian nationalism, Tagore challenged the spatial dimensions of modernity by critiquing both Eurocentrism and a simplistic anti-imperialism. Tagore did build bridges with some Western intellectuals and social activists but much of his life illustrates the difficulties of meaningful cross-cultural relations and the shortcomings of a liberal 'politics of friendship'. If this is in part due to the inadequacy of translation, then we need more and better translations. Rather than resurrecting a platitudinous 'cosmopolitan' World Citizen, Tagore's work should require us to think more critically about parallel modernities and different ways of imagining our futures. As China and India, perhaps above all others, grow in economic, political and cultural strength, these questions are likely to become more pressing. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Rabindranath Tagore and the politics of friendship
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2011.648908
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2011.648908
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies on 06 Mar 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00856401.2011.648908.
Keywords: Tagore, Yeats, Andrews, Thompson, politics of friendship, liberalism, anti-colonialism, nationalism, modernity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1356883
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