Author: Saswati Sengupta
Translator(s)/ Edito: Shampa Roy / Sharmila Purkayastha
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125031871
Rabindranath Tagore’s Ghare Baire was first serialized in 1914 and published as a novel in 1916. The events in the novel deal with the period 1905-7, a period of tremendous political unrest in Bengal. The public upheaval takes place alongside another revolution-that of women’s emancipation and a new gender equation. Ghare Bhaire (The Home and the World ) is the first fictional exploration of the tangled web of crucial issues related to the two spheres, the home and the world, in early twentieth century Bengal.
Towards Freedom is a collection of critical essays on the issues raised by Tagore’s novel in a contemporary world where differences of religion, region, class, caste, gender, etc., constantly demand to be addressed. It focuses upon the crafting of the novel out of complex historical contexts of caste, class and gender politics. By examining the play of ideologies in this novel, the anthology aims to help students recognize the importance of locating imaginative literature within its histories. Given that most of these structured hierarchies of oppression function powerfully in our lives even today, Towards Freedom stresses the continuing relevance of engaging with the issues raised by a novel which looks at the private and the political as intertwined.
Saswati Sengupta, Shampa Roy and Sharmila Purkayastha teach English at Miranda House, Delhi University.
Niharranjan Ray, Sambuddha Chakrobarti, Shampa Roy, Saswati Sengupta, Shirshendu Chakrabarti, Sharmila Purkayastha, Sumanta
Banerjee, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay.
Notes on Contributors
The Role of Tagore’s Literature
Andare Antare: Inner Worlds
Teaching the Wife: Miss Gilby, the
English Women and the Antahpur
Goddesses, Women, and the Clutch of
Metaphors in Ghare Baire
Beyond the intricate Web of Words: An Essay on
Tagore’s Ghare Baire
Contesting Modernities: The Two Men in Ghare Baire
The Peasant in Ghare Baire
Understanding Panchu: Swadeshi, Ghare Baire, and
The Lower-Caste Peasants of Eastern Bengal
Mirjan from the Margins
SASWATI SENGUPTA, SHAMPA ROY,