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In the Waiting-Room of History

Amit Chaudhuri: ‘First in Europe, then elsewhere’

24 June 2004
Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference 
by Dipesh Chakrabarty.
Princeton, 320 pp., £42.95, October 2000, 0 691 04908 4
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... and, by extension, for the flâneur – the East was, as it was for Henri Rousseau, part dreamscape, part botanical garden, part menagerie, part paradise. Could the flâneur exist in that dreamscape? DipeshChakrabarty, the author of Provincialising Europe, whose meditations on the limits of Western notions of modernity and history are impelled by Benjamin but who also has the word ‘postcolonial’ in ...

Two Giant Brothers

Amit Chaudhuri: Tagore’s Modernism

20 April 2006
Selected Poems 
by Rabindranath Tagore, edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri.
Oxford India, 449 pp., £23.99, April 2004, 0 19 566867 7
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... began the course of personal study that was to gather in, to rope off, to domesticate the Orient and thereby turn it into a province of European learning. This reservation has been echoed by others. DipeshChakrabarty, the author of Provincialising Europe, says something similar while enquiring into the reasons he finds it possible to engage in serious intellectual commerce with European philosophers ...

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