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Kipling and "Orientalism"

Moore-Gilbert, Bart J.. 2014. Kipling and "Orientalism". London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138799165 [Book]

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First published in 1986, this book sets Kipling firmly in the historical context not only of contemporary India but of prior Anglo-Indian writers about India. Despite his enthusiastic reception in England as ‘revealer of the East’, in India he seems to have been regarded as just one more Anglo-Indian writer. The author demonstrates the traditionalism of Kipling’s use of the themes of Anglo-Indian fiction – themes such as the ‘White Man’s grave’, domestic instability, frustration and loneliness. In particular, Kipling is shown to be writing in a strongly conservative idiom, concentrating on the role of the British hierarchy as the determining factor in a response to India, on British insecurity and fears of a repeat of the 1857 mutiny, and regarding Indian institutions only in so far as they represented a threat to British rule. Conservative critiques of liberalism are also discussed.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Date:

2014

Item ID:

13208

Date Deposited:

08 Sep 2015 11:06

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2015 11:06

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13208

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