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Volume 3 Issue 7

March 2018

Social Reflexivity through Self-Portraiture: An Exploration of Rabindranath Tagore’s Boyhood Days
Dr. Patil Sangita Sharnappa, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
LBS Government First Grade College, 
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Though the basic intention of an autobiography is to narrate the life, it, simultaneously, emanates the social milieu of that particular period. It is a study of landscape and mindscape. Placed in this context, the present paper is an attempt to explore Rabindranath Tagore’s Boyhood Days (1940) as a discourse of social reflexivity through self-portraiture. This paper discusses Tagore’s account of childhood days emphasizing three basic social aspects which influences his later life. First, his contention is to the school education system and rote and parrot teaching method where there is no scope for children’s potent talent. Second, it projects many social norms, rational and irrational beliefs, culture, trends, and artifact of that particular period. Third, though the text is a simple narration of childhood reminiscences, it is juxtaposed comparison of the traditional and modern views in various aspects. Therefore, it is a representation of two social milieus.
Autobiography; Social Reflexivity; Self-Portraiture; Traditional Views; and Modern Views.
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