ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 2, ISSUE : 4, October-December, 2014 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
TAGORE AS A FEMINIST: A STUDY OF HIS SELECT NOVELS
Anupam Chakrabarti
 
ABSTRACT
In India, the feminist movement, unlike the Western feminist movement, was initiated by men. Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Keshab Chandra Sen were pioneers in India. Swami Vivekananda strongly affirmed elevation of women in all aspects of society to complete the history of India. Deeply influenced by these reformers, Tagore tirelessly wrote about the liberation of women in which they are not bound by gender stereotyping, rather could experiment as freely as men could do in their lives. Tagore wrote Binodini (Chokher Bali) in 1903 to highlight the struggles of the widows. In the Home and the World, through the character of Bimala, he presented his concept of the new women who were capable of moving out of the family courtyard. But their movement from the Zenana to the world outside should not lead them to be treated as second sex by persons in authority. As a visionary, his message to his female reading public was loud and clear: eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. This paper develops a concept of female aesthetic by re-reading Tagore’s female-centric novels.
 
KEYWORD
Autonomous being, Binodini, Brahmoism, empiricism, Gora, patriarchy, Pride and Prejudice,realism, seduction, sexual politics, Shakti of the motherland, The Home and the World ,The Second Sex, Victorian England, widow.
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