The Invention of Private Life: Literature and Ideas

The Invention of Private Life: Literature and Ideas

by Sudipta Kaviraj


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231174398
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sudipta Kaviraj is professor of Indian politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. He also taught for many years at SOAS, London University, and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and Sciences Po, Paris. He is the author of The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Literature as the Mirror of Modernity
1. On the Advantages of Being a Barbarian
2. Literature and the Moral Imaginations of Modernity
3. The Two Histories of Literary Culture in Bengal
4. A Strange Love of Abstractions: The Making of a Language of Patriotism in Modern Bengali
5. Tagore and Transformations in the Ideals of Love
6. The Poetry of Interiority: The Creation of a Language of Modern Subjectivity in Tagore's Poetry
7. Laughter and Subjectivity: The Self-Ironical Tradition in Bengali Literature
8. Reading a Song of the City: Images of the City in Literature and Films
9. The Art of Despair: The Sense of the City in Modern Bengali Poetry
10. The Invention of Private Life: A Reading of Sibnath Sastri's Autobiography
11. The Second Mahabharata

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