Rabindranath Tagore : One Hundred Years of Global Reception
Martin Kämpchen, Imre Bangha and Uma Das Gupta (Editorial Adviser)
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When Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his own English translation of Gitanjali (Song Offerings), he became the first non-European to do so, achieving immediate fame.Translations in other languages of this and other works followed. Reams were written on his writings, and his personality. As aworld citizen, Tagore aimed at bringing the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ together for an inclusive humanism. His was assumed to be the Voice of India—indeed of Asia and the colonised world. The Nobel Prize gave him the authority to speak, and the intellectual elite of many countries listened.

The editors of Rabindranath Tagore:  One Hundred Years of Global Reception had asked Tagore experts worldwide to narrate how the Bengali author was received from 1913 until our time. Their thirty-five essays arranged by region or language group inform us about translations, the impact of Tagore’s visits, and his subsequent standing in the world of letters. Tagore’s reception while often enthusiastic was not always adulatory, occasionally undergoing dramatic metamorphoses, and diverse political and social milieus and cultural movements responded to him differently. This nuanced global reception is for the first time dealt with comprehensively and systematically in this volume presented as a work of reference. These essays remind us that Tagore’s works keep being reprinted or retranslated for he continues to be relevant to modern readers.

Martin Kämpchen, a PhD in German Literature from Vienna and Comparative Religions from Visva-Bharati, is an author, biographer, researcher and translator of Tagore.

Imre Bangha a PhD in Hindi from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, is Associate Professor of Hindi, University of Oxford. He works on Old Hindi literature and on the Hungarian reception of Tagore.

The editorial adviser Uma Das Gupta, The contributors are Tagore experts from around the world.

Preface ix
Part One:  East and South Asia

1. Japan 3
Kyoko Niwa
2. Korea 25
Kim Woo Jo
3. China 38
Tan Chung and Wei Liming
4. Vietnam 57
Do Thu Ha
5. Tibet 69
Françoise Robin
6. Thailand 84
Sawitree Charoenpong
7. Sri Lanka 98
Sandagomi Coperahewa

Part Two: Middle East and Africa
8. Arab Countries 117
Ahmad Rafeeq Awad
9. Egypt 143
Md. Badiur Rahman
10. Turkey 162
Laurent Mignon
11. Jewish Diaspora and the State of Israel 175
Alexander Cherniak and Sergei Serebriany
12. Goa, Angola and Mozambique 192
José Paz Rodriguez

Part Three: Eastern and Central Europe

13. Russia 203
Sergei Serebriany
14. Romania 236
Liviu Bordas
15. Bulgaria 263
Nikolay Nikolaev
16. Yugoslavia and its Successors 275
Ana Jelnikar
17. Latvia 296
Viktors Ivbulis
18. Poland 308
Elzbieta Walter
19. Hungary 320
Imre Bangha
20. Czechoslovakia and its Successors 333
Martin Hríbek

Part Four: Northern and Western Europe
21. Finland 359
Hannele Pohjanmies
22. Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) 374
Mirja Juntunen
23. Germany, Austria and Switzerland 389
Martin Kämpchen
24. The Netherlands and Belgium 411
Victor A. van Bijlert
25. Italy 422
Mario Prayer
26. France 448
France Bhattacharya
27. Spain and Latin America 476
Shyama Prasad Ganguly
28. Portugal and Galicia 499
José Paz Rodriguez
29. United Kingdom 509
Kalyan Kundu

Part Five: The Americas
30. Argentina 545
Paula Savon and Sonia Berjman
31. Brazil 568
José Paz Rodriguez
32. Costa Rica 577
Sol Argüello Scriba
33. Mexico 587
Xicoténcatl Martínez Ruiz
34. United States of America 593
Anna Feuer
35. Canada 610
Kathleen M. O’Connell and M. A. Serhat Unsal

Select Bibliography 631
List of Contributors and Editors 634
Index 643

1. Release Date : 25-Mar-2015 Venue : Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre, New Delhi
2. Release Date : 05-Feb-2016 Venue : Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
3. Release Date : 18-Apr-2017 Venue : Visva Bharati University, Santi Niketan
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