Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling by Zohreh T. SullivanNarratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling by Zohreh T. Sullivan

Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling

byZohreh T. Sullivan

Hardcover | May 28, 1993

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Writers whose work reflects the experience of empire betray the anxieties and contradictions at the heart of the imperial enterprise. Zohreh T. Sullivan's reading of Rudyard Kipling's writings about India expands our sense of colonial discourse and recovers the cultural context and recurring tropes in his early journalism and fiction, in Kim, and in his late autobiography. She charts the fragmentation of Kipling's position as child, as colonizer and as 'poet of empire', finding in his representation of childhood's loss the site of repressed and disavowed desires and fears that resurface in later work. In using Kipling's troubled intimacy with empire as the link between history and narrative, Sullivan sees in Kipling's ambivalence his negotiation between the desire for union with his golden 'best-beloved' India and the historic imperatives of separation from it.
Title:Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard KiplingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:May 28, 1993Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521434254

ISBN - 13:9780521434256

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Kipling's India; 2. Something of himself; 3. The problem of otherness: a hundred sorrows; 4. The worst muckers; 5. The bridge builders; 6. Kim: empire of the beloved; Notes; Bibliography; Index.