This book provides an analytical understanding of some of Tagore's most contested and celebrated works and ideas.
It reflects on his critique of nationalism, aesthetic worldview, and the idea of `surplus in man' underlying his life and works.
It discusses the creative notion of surplus that stands not for `profit' or `value', but for celebrating human beings' continuous quest for reaching out beyond one's limits.
It highlights, among other themes, how the idea of being `Indian' involves stages of evolution through a complex matrix of ideals, values and actions-cultural, historical, literary and ideological.
Examining the notion of the `universal', contemporary scholars come together in this volume to show how `surplus in man' is generated over the life of concrete particulars through creativity.
The work brings forth a social scientific account of Tagore's thoughts and critically reconstructs many of his epochal ideas.
Lucid in analysis and bolstered with historical reflection, this book will be a major intervention in understanding Tagore's works and its relevance for the contemporary human and social sciences.
It will interest scholars and researchers of philosophy, literature and cultural studies.