In Time's Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling

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Jan Montefiore
Oxford University Press, May 16, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
Challenging received opinion and breaking new ground in Kipling scholarship, these essays on Kipling's attitudes to the First World War, to the culture of Edwardian England, to homosexuality and to Jewishness, bring historical, literary critical and postcolonial approaches to this perennially controversial writer. The Introduction situates the book in the context of Kipling's changing reputation and of recent Kipling scholarship. After the perspectives of Chesterton (1905), Orwell (1942) and Jarrell (1960), newer contributions address Kipling's approach to the Boer war, his involvement with World War One, his Englishness and the politics of literary quotation. Different aspects of Kipling's relation to India are explored, including the 'Mutiny', Eastern religions, his Indian travel writings and his knowledge of 'the vernacular'. This collection, whose contributors include Hugh Brogan, Dan Jacobson, Daniel Karlin and Bryan Cheyette, is essential reading for academics and students of Kipling, Victorian and Edwardian English literature and cultural history.
 

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Contents

Introduction JAN MONTEFIORE
1
Rudyard Kipling 1905 G K CHESTERTON
22
Rudyard Kipling 1942 GEORGE ORWELL
28
On preparing to read Kipling 1961 RANDALL JARRELL
42
Kipling in South Africa DAN JACOBSON
58
The Great War and Rudyard Kipling HUGH BROGAN
73
Kipling among the war poets HARRY RICKETTS
91
Kiplings Edwardian summer DANIEL KARLIN
111
The young Kiplings search for God CHARLES ALLEN
142
Kiplings North Indian travels JAN MONTEFIORE
159
what he knew of it and what he made of it HARISH TRIVEDI
177
Stalky Co KAORI NAGAI
207
Kipling beastliness and Soldatenliebe HOWARD J BOOTH
225
Kipling and the Jews BRYAN CHEYETTE
250
Select bibliography
285
Index
292

RikkiTikkiTavi and Indian history LISA LEWIS
129

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Jan Montefiore is Professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at the University of Kent

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