Narratives of Empire
The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling
By (author) Zohreh T. Sullivan
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Narratives of Empire by Zohreh T. Sullivan
Book DescriptionWriters 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521063135
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Zohreh T. Sullivan
Kim, Paperback (March 2002)
Written in 1901, Kim is considered Kipling's finest work, and was a key factor in his being awarded the Nobel Prize.
Narratives of Empire, Hardback (April 1993)» View all books by Zohreh T. Sullivan
A reading of Kipling's fiction about himself and India that links experience with narrative strategy and ideology.
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