Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures
Rabindranath Tagore and W. B. Yeats
Ragini Indrajit Mohite
This book addresses W. B. Yeats’s and Rabindranath Tagore’s engagements with identity, nationalism, and the literary and cultural traditions of Ireland and India. It offers a fresh critical perspective on their work from the beginning of the twentieth century, the point at which their international collaborations most significantly influence the cross-border lives of their literature. Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures foregrounds the Yeats-Tagore relationship, providing a new analysis of the fraught beginning to Tagore’s international fame and the value of reading his English translations as original texts (as is done by many English-language readers). Exploring the thematic parallels and generic innovations in the works of Yeats and Tagore allows readers to recognize the significant moments of tension and divergence in their oeuvres. Reading Yeats and Tagore comparatively offers a timely historical perspective on how the nationalized valences of identity and selfhood might become transnational in contemporary readings.
“Mohite succeeds in her aim to particularise a mode of reading derived from the study of world literature: the thematic and creative equivalences drawn from a transhistorical perspective secure Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures as a significant intervention in literary discourses on modernism, transnationalism, and world literatures.”
—Jinan Ashraf, The Modernist Review
“Through the interpretation of impacts, influences, and creative reception, Mohite’s book on Yeats and Tagore may become the paradigm in the discussions of the role of literature in the contemporary world.” —Mina M.Đurić, Review of Irish Studies
About the Author
Ragini Mohite is Assistant Professor in Academic Writing at FLAME University, India. She received her PhD from the University of Leeds.