The Idea of Surplus: Tagore and Contemporary Human Sciences

Curatore: Mrinal Miri
Anno: 2015
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 254 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 216 x 140 mm
Peso: 431 gr.
  • EAN: 9781138936256
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This book provides an analytical understanding of some of Tagore's most contested and celebrated works and ideas. It reflects on his critique of nationalism, aesthetic worldview, and the idea of `surplus in man' underlying his life and works. It discusses the creative notion of surplus that stands not for `profit' or `value', but for celebrating human beings' continuous quest for reaching out beyond one's limits. It highlights, among other themes, how the idea of being `Indian' involves stages of evolution through a complex matrix of ideals, values and actions-cultural, historical, literary and ideological. Examining the notion of the `universal', contemporary scholars come together in this volume to show how `surplus in man' is generated over the life of concrete particulars through creativity. The work brings forth a social scientific account of Tagore's thoughts and critically reconstructs many of his epochal ideas. Lucid in analysis and bolstered with historical reflection, this book will be a major intervention in understanding Tagore's works and its relevance for the contemporary human and social sciences. It will interest scholars and researchers of philosophy, literature and cultural studies.