Gitanjali and Beyond Issue 4: Revisiting Tagore: Critical Essays on Ghare Baire

Rabindranath Tagore’s fourth novel, Ghare Baire (1916, The Home and the World, 1919, published the same year as Chaturanga), has had its centenary in 2016 and still continues to remain relevant and of scholarly interest.

It is his first political novel and with its scathing critique of narrow nationalism which Rabindranath saw as dangerously and easily sliding into what was to become fascism, it speaks to many people who believe in societies where social justice needs to be upheld today, faced as they are by the rising tide of right wing ideology in a world where minority communities feel vulnerable/threatened by populist divisive politics.

In this novel Rabindranath, for the first time, experiments with three voices, written in the form of diaries, the intimacy of the first person narratives giving legitimacy to diverse opinions.


Issue 4 – Summer 2020

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Guest Edited by

Md Rezaul Haque and Gillian Dooley


“We would like to dedicate this special issue to all those affected by COVID-19 and all the workers who have helped in the fight against this deadly pandemic.”



Foreword: Revisiting      2

Bashabi Fraser, PhD, Professor Emerita, Director, Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs),

Edinburgh Napier University


Introduction: Ghare Baire: Then and Now     5

Dr Md Rezaul Haque, English Department, St. John’s University, New York


1: The Home and the World: A Critique of Violence     16

Debamitra Kar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, Women’s College, Calcutta, India



2: Critiquing Nation as a Goddess: A Study of the Representation of Nationalism in The Home and the World     33

Dr Joyjit Ghosh, Professor, Dept of English, Vidyasagar University, India



3: Sexual/Textual Insurgence: The Politics of the Body in Ghare Baire     46

Srinjoyee Dutta, PhD Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India



4: The Woman Question: Politics of Gender and Space in Rabindranath Tagore’s The Home and the World (Ghare Baire)     59

Dr Paromita Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of English, Amity University, India



5: The Portrayal of Intersectional Masculinity in The Home and The World (Ghare Baire)     73

Dr Rifat Mahbub, Research Programme Manager, National Institute of Health Research, UK



6: Cultural Hybridity and (Dis)location of Female Agency in Rabindranath Tagore’s Ghare Baire or The Home and the World     85

Umme Salma, PhD Student, School of Languages & Cultures, University of Queensland, Australia



7: Feminist Appropriation of a Tagore Classic on the Screen: The Case of Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)     102

Dr Md Rezaul Haque, English Department, St. John’s University, New York



8: The Home and the World in Mansfield Park and Ghare Baire     116

Dr Gillian Dooley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University of South Australia



Author Biographies     131