Rabindranath Tagore and his Creative Genius (ACLA 2020, Chicago)

deadline for submissions: 
September 22, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Medha Bhattacharyya, Bengal Institute of Technology, India

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference 2020, Chicago


Rabindranath Tagore was the first Nobel Laureate of Asia. He was a multi-talented genius. He experimented in several fields of creativity namely, song, dance, poetry, dramas, short stories, novels, novellas, essays, education, painting and social reformation to name a few. Even after 150 years of his birth, how or why do humankind across the globe still find Tagore universally relevant?  This panel aims to explore these diverse facets of Rabindranath Tagore as perceived from a contemporary perspective. The panel welcomes papers which examines Tagore’s works in comparison to other practitioners, either his contemporaries or in the contemporary society.


Potential topics include the following but not solely restricted to them:


  • A comparative study between Rabindranath Tagore and other writers of his time
  • Tagore and Einstein
  • Tagore’s concept of World Literature and Goethe’s Comparative Literature
  • Rabindranath Tagore, religion and philosophy
  • Rabindranath Tagore and his essays
  • Rabindranath Tagore and his poetic greatness
  • Śrīniketan in comparison to other similar models of rural reconstruction
  • Rabindranath Tagore and Translation
  •  Tagore the dramatist
  • A comparative analysis of Rabindranath Tagore’s novels and those of other writers
  • Rabindranath Tagore and short stories
  • Nature and Rabindranath Tagore
  • The songs of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Tagore and painting
  • Tagore and nationalism—the socio-political impact
  • Tagore on Education.

Please submit an abstract of about 150-200 words along with a short bio of about 100 words via the ACLA portal by 22 September. If you have any query contact Dr Medha Bhattacharyya



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Dr. Medha Bhattacharyya is an Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Science and Humanities (English) in Bengal Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India. Her book Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan Essays: Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy was recently published by Routledge.