Distinctions between Rabindranath Tagore's Shorter and Longer Fiction (Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention)
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Bengali author Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-Westerner to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a prolific writer in diverse literary genres, including both long and short-form fiction. This panel explores similarities and differences between Tagore’s short stories on the one hand, and his novellas and novels, on the other. Did the Bengali author tend to treat specific themes at length while reserving other motifs for his shorter fiction? Concerning setting, characterization, and plot trajectory, what are similarities and differences between Tagore’s shorter tales and his novels? Are there differences between Tagore’s stories and his novels regarding their accessibility and currency in the present day and for transnational audiences? Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words.
Thomas Jay Lynn