Mohammad A. Quayum is a well-known Tagore scholar and translator who has published several books and articles on this myriad-minded genius, including an article in this particular journal in 2005. The present anthology, Tagore, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism, is Quayum’s fifth book on the writer. It addresses two significant aspects of Tagore’s imagination, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, and the paradoxes and ambiguities associated with them. The book has a mix of eminent and young contributors from different academic and cultural backgrounds, and various parts of the world: Bangladesh, Canada, India, the U.K. and the U.S. Some of the contributors are of South Asian origin who are currently based in the West, working in western academia. The editor has deliberately planned the book in this way to maximize its comparative perspective and gauge how Tagore is perceived by critics of different cultural–intellectual orientations.

In his Introduction, Quayum outlines the book’s scope and...

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