Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland

Nagai, Kaori (2007) Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland. Cork University Press ISBN 9781859184080. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Starting from the analysis of the Irish characters in Kipling's Indian stories, this book shows that the representation of the British Empire was greatly indebted to analogies and comparisons made between colonies. It contrasts two different ways of making colonial analogies: 'imperialist' and 'nationalist'. Kipling, as a young journalist, was keenly aware of the fact that Indian and Irish nationalists drew analogies between each other's colonial situation to make the case for self-government and British misrule, and his repeated emphasis on Irish participation in the Raj can be seen as a powerful 'imperialist' counter-representation to these subversive analogies. With this framework in mind, this book traces how Kipling's representation of Empire changed over time as he moved away from India and also how the hegemony of British imperialism faltered toward the end of the nineteenth century. This book makes a major contribution to post-colonialism studies in general and to the comparative study of Ireland and India in particular.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: J.P.W. Joseph
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008 14:16
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 13:36
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7087 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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