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The Bengal Renaissance: Identity and Creativity from Rammohun Roy to Rabindranath Tagore

The Bengal Renaissance: Identity and Creativity from Rammohun Roy to Rabindranath Tagore


Item Code: IDH457

by Subrata Dasgupta

Hardcover (Edition: 2007)

Permanent Black, Delhi
ISBN 8178241773

Size: 8.6" X 5.6
Pages: 280
Weight of the Book: 505 gms
Price: $40.00   Shipping Free
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From the Jacket

Scholars have long debated the very idea of a 'Bengal Renaissance'. The controversies have been largely over whether there was a 'renaissance' at all, and its significance from social, political, and cultural perspectives.

This book addresses the issue from the perspective of philosophy of science and the psychology of creativity. Dasgupta shows that the Bengal Renaisance is characterized by a collective cognitive identity, which had its roots in British Orientalism and flowered within a remarkable community of creative individuals in nineteenth-century Bengal , which included writers. Reformers, mystics. And scientists

Dasgupta outlines the core work of such notable figures as Rammolun Roy. Henry Derozio. Michael Madhusudan Datta. Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay., J. C. Bose, P. C. Ray. Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda, and Rabindranath Tagore. He analyses their distinctive style. Contribution to an intellectual milieu. And effect on cultural life.

The author unveils the precise cognitive nature of their creativity in lndology, theology. Literature. Science, and practical religion. He demonstrates their cross-cultural mentality and universalism, arguing that their creativity represents a cognitive revolution in Indian cultural history.

Accessible and elegantly written. This is a book for general readers looking for an introduction to the Bengal Renaissance: scholars familiar with the area will find its perspective both novel and compelling.

About the Author

Subrata Dasgupta is the Computer Science Trust Fund Endowed Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he is also Professor of History. He is the author of Several books, including Jagadis Chandra Bose and the Indian Response to Western Science (Oxford. 1999). And, most recently, boyhood memoir, Salaam Stanley Matthews (Granta Books. 2006).

1Cognitive Identity and Creative Mentality-in Colonial Bengal4
2An 'Orientalist' Cognitive Identity - and Its Subversion21
3Inventing a Monotheistic Movement39
4Constructing a Cross-Cultural Mentality72
5Writing for the People, Composing for a Nation103
6Creating a Scientific Consciousness, Refuting a Western Belief127
7Perceiving the One in the Many170
8Composing the Universal Song: work-in-Progress 201
Epilogue: Architecture of a Cognitive Revolution 235
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