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Lecture | October 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (CSAS Conference Room)
Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
Looking back today at Gaston Bachelards phenomenological classic, The Poetics of Space, we may be struck by the distance that separates the spatial experiences of European cultural modernity from those of nineteenth and early twentieth century India. Yet the representation of domestic space, of the interiors of houses, remains crucial to the emergent form of the novel and its positing of a psychological interiority. I will examine some examples of such representation in texts from Bengal to argue for a tension between the physical interior and inner space. I will suggest that Tagores novels, in particular, are engaged in a calculated destabilization of the domestic interior, rejecting its values and projecting instead a deep psychic interiority which is paradoxically linked to an opening outwards to the initimate immensity of sky, earth and air.
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