There has been a resurgence of interest in Kipling among critics who struggle to reconcile the multiple pleasures offered by his fiction with the controversial political ideas that inform it. Peter Havholm takes up the challenge, piecing together Kipling's understanding of empire and humanity from evidence in Anglo-Indian and Indian newspapers of the 1870s and 1880s and offering a new explanation for Kipling's post-1891 turn to fantasy and stories written to be enjoyed by children. By dovetailing detailed contextual knowledge of British India with informed and sensitive close readings of well-known works like 'The Man Who Would Be King',' Kim', 'The Light That Failed', and 'They', Havholm offers a fresh reading of Kipling's early and late stories that acknowledges Kipling's achievement as a writer and illuminates the seductive allure of the imperialist fantasy.
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About the Author
Peter Havholm is Professor of English at The College of Wooster in Ohio, USA, where he teaches English literature, literary theory, and new media and has won the Sears Award for Innovation in Teaching. He has published in Critical Inquiry, Computers and the Humanities, Academic Computing, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Children's Literature, and The Kipling Journal and has received the EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Award for Distinguished Curricular Innovation.
Table of ContentsContents: Preface; Introduction: guilty pleasures; 'In all this tumult': Rudyard Kipling's university year; Let the sovereign speak; Attending to cultural context; For to admire; The uncomplicated soul; Dayspring mishandled; Appendices; Works cited; Bibliography; Index.