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The Hybridity of Eastern and Western Culture in Tagore’s Novel

Author: WangFeiFei
Tutor: ChenZhaoRong
School: Northwest University for Nationalities
Course: Comparative Literature and World Literature
Keywords: Rabindranath Tagore novel identity construction Culturebetween Eastern and Western Hybridity
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Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2012
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Abstract


As one of the greatest writers of the modern world literary history, Rabindranath Tagore created a far-reaching implication, the rich connotation, extremely gorgeous, unique temple of literature for future generations. Tagore lived in the late19th century and early20th century, the transition period of Indian nationalism, India’s national traditional culture and Western foreign culture deeply affects his growth. He has personal experience and deep thinking of the cultural relationship between the East and the West as well as imperialism and colonialism, which will undoubtedly full characterized in his poets. No matter the number of his creation, creative approach, or the theme of his works, novels in the Tagore’s works occupies a unique and important position, which is the true reflection of the author in his real life and inner world closely linked to his life experience. Through the study of Tagore’s novel creation and its identity, help to clarify the cultural context of post colonialism and multi-cultural as well as the complex relationship between them. To understanding and grasping of Tagore’s novels creation and meaning of the text becomes more comprehensive, systematic and objective. Tagore’s cultural identity not only reflects the pain and confusion of desire of India’s cultural attribution under the oppression of the colonial forces, but also the show of living together for a long time in this world and agglomerating different ethnic groups, languages, cultures, history hybrid groups together around the world by the mean of "politics identity", so create an "imagining community" and the idears of getting prosperity and happiness in "The Third Space" of East-West cultural harmony and unity.This article is on the basis of combing Tagore’s research current situation at home and abroad. Firstly, from diachronic, dynamic point of view, summarizing the Tagore’s novels’overview of the East-West cultural hybridization and the interaction relationship between cultural identity construction. Then leading to the Tagore’s the social background and cultural background in which produce his description of the impact of traditional Indian culture, family, personal growth experience, and the United Kingdom on behalf of Western culture. Secondly, analyzing the characters in Tagore’s novels, stress on the metaphorical and symbolic of the female image. Revealing the contradictory female view is the direct and representative embodiment of hybridity of Tagore’s cultural identity construction by the explanation of the female images’contradictions and split. Thirdly, From the post-modernism and post-colonial cultural identity to start, discussing two key problems:How did the colonial invasion make the fracture between Tagore’s experience and his words? How did Tagore resist the discourse hegemony and build his cultural identity? He gave vivid images to the characters in his novels, while also project his identity confusion and identity, which form a kind of mapping relationship just like in the mirror, finally, This article provides a starting point for readers to understand Tagore’s cultural hybridity of identity, meanwhile also addes some author’s immature views and opinions. The author thinks that every culture has its own essence and the dross, there is no culture that has the ultimate universal meaning, the conflict between different cultures is not the fundament of the cultural development, but the contact in the conflict that builds bridges between different cultures, which achieve blending.

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