The Life of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay
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ISBN-13:
9781611475081
Seiten:
182
Autor:
Narasingha P. Sil
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The Life of Sharatchandra Chatopadhyay presents a historical critical assessment of the novelist’s upbringing and the experiences that informed his work. The author exposes Sharatchandra’s innate conservative worldview and his romantic platonic concept of human sexuality that informs all his love stories.
Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay has been the most popular writer of novels and short stories in his native Bengaland in India at large. Despite this, he remains unrecognized in the English speaking world. Narasingha P. Sil fills this void by presenting a historical critical assessment of his upbringing and the experiences that influenced his masterful and magnificent work. The Life of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay rescues the authentic man, a caste-conscious and patriarchal Brahmin of colonial Bengal, from the cuckoo land of gratuitous praise and panegyric showered on the Aparajeya Kathasilpi, the “invincible” wordsmith. The author exposes Sharatchandra’s innate conservative worldview and his romantic platonic concept of human sexuality that inform all his love stories. In many respects Sharatchandra resembles his formidable European forbear, Jean Jacques Rousseau of Enlightenment France. The concluding chapter of Sil’s biographical study introduces this pioneering comparison between the two men—a veritable tour de force.
Preface
Acknowledgments
Translation, Transliteration, Orthography, Bengali Calendar
Chapter One
Prolegomena
Political and Social Condition of Late Colonial India
Chapter Two
Sharatchandra’s Parents: Matilal and Bhubanmohini Chattopadhyay
Sharatchandra’s Childhood and Early Youth
Sharatchandra’s Physical and Emotional Makeup
Chapter Three
The Making of a Literary Career: the Beginnings
Chapter Four
Sharatchandra in Rangoon: A Nonresident Nobody from Bengal
Low Life in Rangoon: “A Season in Hell”
Chapter Five
Literary Career during Rangoon Days
Chapter Six
Baje Shibpur: Return of the Prodigal Son
Panitras: Sharat the Glowing Moon
Calcutta: End of Journey
Chapter Seven
Treasures of the Invincible Wordsmith
[Aparajeya Kathasilpi]
Pallisamaj, Arak?a?iy, Dena Paona, Ba?adidi, Debdas,
Caritrahin, Srikanta, Se?prasna
Chapter Eight
Sharatchandra’s Caste and Gender Consciousness
Shartchandra’s Male and Female Characters
Sharatchandra’s Caste consciousness
Chapter Nine
Bankim-Rabindranath-Sharatchandra
Bankimchandra
Rabindranath
Rabindranath and Sharatchandra: An Episode of Elegant Misunderstanding
Chapter Ten
Sharatchandra’s Political Ideas and Activities
Sharatchandra’s
Pather Dabi
Chapter Eleven
Sharatchandra’s Enduring Popularity
Chapter Twelve
Sharatchandra and Jean Jacques Rousseau:
A Tour de Force
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author