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The Man who would be Kipling

The Colonial Fiction and the Frontiers of Exile

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. India: Writing Under Western Eyes

  3. America: Out of Empire

  4. South Africa and Sussex: An Estranged Homecoming

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 184-222

About this book


This study places Kipling's fiction in its original cultural, intellectual and historical contexts, exploring the impact of India, America, South Africa and Edwardian England on his imperialist narratives. Drawing on manuscripts, journalism and unpublished writings, Hagiioannu uncovers the historical significance and hidden meanings of a broad range of Kipling's stories, extending the discussion from the best-known works to a number of less familiar tales. Through a combination of close textual analysis and lively historical coverage, The Man Who Would Be Kipling suggests that Kipling's political ideas and narrative modes are more subtly connected with lived experience and issues of cultural environment than critics have formerly recognized.


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About the authors

ANDREW HAGIIOANNU is a Lecturer in English and American studies. He teaches with the Open University, and has published on Kipling and related topics in The Review of English Studies and Essays in Criticism.

Bibliographic information


'The author has clearly carried out extensive research into the uncollected and rarely collected material as well as the standard works, and...has had...the opportunity to examine the works in Kipling's library...this is a thought-provoking piece of work, and not something to be skipped through lightly.' - David Page, Editor, Kipling Journal