Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin

Paperback | July 1, 2009

byRustom Bharucha

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Set against a panoramic background of inter-Asian cultural politics, and drawing on the intersections of the late Meiji period in Japan and the Swadeshi movement in Bengal, Another Asia elaborates on the ideals of Asia catalyzed by the meeting of Rabindranath Tagore and the Japanese arthistorian and curator Okakura Tenshin in Calcutta in 1902. The book weaves through an intricate tapestry of ideas relating to pan-Asianism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and friendship, and positions the early modernist tensions of the period within - and against - the spectre of a unified Asia thatconcealed considerable political differences. The book draws on pan-Asian works such as The Ideals of the East and The Awakening of the East, in counterpoint to Tagore's radical Nationalism. The book, offering new insights into the ways in which the Orient travelled within and beyond Asia stimulatedby emergent modes of vernacular cosmopolitanism, will appeal to students and scholars of cultural studies, South Asian postcolonial literature, literary theory, and performance studies, as well as general readers.

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Set against a panoramic background of inter-Asian cultural politics, and drawing on the intersections of the late Meiji period in Japan and the Swadeshi movement in Bengal, Another Asia elaborates on the ideals of Asia catalyzed by the meeting of Rabindranath Tagore and the Japanese arthistorian and curator Okakura Tenshin in Calcutta ...

Rustom Bharucha is an independent writer, director, and cultural critic.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198062818

ISBN - 13:9780198062813

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceProloguePart I: AsiaWhat is Asia?One AsiaThe Nation as MuseumImplicit HierarchiesThe Awakening of the EastEncountering NiveditaProblematizing the PostcolonialThe Complication of BeautyPart II: NationalismThe Enigma of SilenceSwadeshi SamajGora's BharatbarshaNegotiating 'Nothingness'Against NationalismReorienting the OrientCrisis in 'Civilization'Grounds of MisunderstandingDiscriminating the ModernHomage to the West'Our History'Countering TagorePart III: CosmopolitanismAsian Cosmopolitans?Reclaiming CosmopolitanismThe Subaltern 'Cosmopolitan'Negotiating PrivilegeCultural Property, or Loot?Cosmopolitics of Dress and LanguageThe Cosmopolitan in ExilePart IV: FriendshipThe Intertexts of LoveBeyond MasculinityHomosociality in ContextModalities of FriendshipForeign FriendsWar and FriendshipEpilogueNotesReferencesIndex