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The Literary Thing

History, Poetry and the Making of a Modern Cultural Sphere

Rosinka Chaudhuri

Contents: Disjunctions, Conjunctions – Reading Iswarchandra Gupta (1812-1859) – Poet of the Present: The Material Object in the World of Iswar Gupta – ‘Another Wonder of the Nineteenth Century’: Rangalal Bandyopadhyay (1827–1887) – Event, Anecdote, Iconicity: The Legend of Michael Madhusudan Datta – Michael Madhusudan Datta and the Marxist Understanding of the ‘Real Renaissance’ in Bengal – Hemchandra’s ‘Bhārat saṅgīt’ (1870) and the Politics of Poetry: A Pre-History of Hindu Nationalism in Bengal – Cutlets or Fish Curry?: Debating Indian Authenticity – History in Poetry: Nabinchandra Sen’s Palāśīr yuddha (1875) and the Question of Truth – The Curious Case of Nabinchandra Sen and the Textbook Committee: An Investigation into Hindu/Muslim Representations – Rabindranath’s Early Style and Reconstruction of the Past.