Srečko Kosovel and Rabindranath Tagore: Points of Departure and Identification

  • Ana Jelnikar
Keywords: anti-imperialism/anti-colonialism, nationalism, universalism, situational identification, Slovenian response, larger search for liberation, Tagore, Gandhi

Abstract

In this paper I explore some of the connections the Slovene poet Srečko Kosovel (1904–1926) surmised between himself and the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). I argue that what linked the two poets into a joint framework across the vastly different cultural and politico-geographic space was not just the fact that Kosovel read Tagore and took inspiration from the Bengali poet at the height of Tagore’s reputation in continental Europe, but that they shared a number of preoccupations, informed by their respective historical positioning. Both wrote from a profound awareness of their region’s subjugated status and endorsed an anti-imperialist stance that rejected nationalism as a viable means of liberation, embracing instead a creative universalist ideal.

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Author Biography

Ana Jelnikar
Ana Jelnikar, Translator, University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities Koper, Titov trg 5, SI–6000 Koper, Slovenia.

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Published
2010-12-01
How to Cite
Jelnikar, A. (2010). Srečko Kosovel and Rabindranath Tagore: Points of Departure and Identification. Asian Studies, -14(1), 79-95. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2010.-14.1.79-95