Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland

Kaori Nagai


Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland

Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland

  • Title: Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland
  • Author: Kaori Nagai
  • ISBN: 9781859184080
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover



Who is Kim and Why is he Irish This book sheds light on this post colonial riddle by placing it within a web of colonial analogies that existed to create the British Empire as a reality It characterizes Empire as a discursive battleground in which conflicting and changing models of British hegemony coexisted and were constantly contested.Starting from the analysiWho is Kim and Why is he Irish This book sheds light on this post colonial riddle by placing it within a web of colonial analogies that existed to create the British Empire as a reality It characterizes Empire as a discursive battleground in which conflicting and changing models of British hegemony coexisted and were constantly contested.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, and as such became the very site where the image of Empire was contested 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 as the hegemony of British imperialism faltered toward the end of the nineteenth century It argues that this change roughly corresponds with the transformation of Mulvaney Kim is characteristically made voiceless as an Irish subject, who does not miss Ireland as home Further, the book shows how Kipling s new version of the white man s world, that is, of the Settler s Empire, is palimpsested onto Kim, which makes the novel radically different from his earlier representation of the Raj Empire of Analogies is primarily aimed at scholars and students who are interested in such topics as Rudyard Kipling, postcolonial literature and history, nineteenth century Irish history and culture, British India, and the larger question of the British Empire Scholars who are working on trans colonial models of the British Empire, and or the use of comparative models in postcolonial studies, would find this book particularly interesting Empire of Analogies has special relevance to courses in Colonial Postcolonial literature and Victorian Studies, dealing with topics such as empire and literature, British India, nineteenth Irish history and diaspora, the Boer War, the Settler colonies, and transcolonialsm nationalism Many of these courses list Rudyard Kipling s Kim as one of the main texts.


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