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Article: Orwell and Kipling: Global Visions

TitleOrwell and Kipling: Global Visions
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherNational Taiwan Normal University. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eng.ntnu.edu.tw/concentric-literature/contact%20concentric.htm
Citation
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 40 n. 1, p. 35-50 How to Cite?
AbstractThis essay argues for a close relationship and intriguing similarities between George Orwell and Rudyard Kipling, writers a generation apart, who are usually thought of as occupying opposite ends of the political spectrum, with Kipling’s wholehearted conservative belief in the British Empire standing in contrast to Orwell’s socialist hatred of the same institution. Yet these two great writers of fiction and journalism have much in common: born in India into what Orwell called “the ‘service’ middle class”, both had their political and intellectual formation in the East. Empire made Kipling proud and it made Orwell ashamed, but their imperial experience overseas gave both of them a global vision, which each in turn tried to share with their readers at home who understood too little, they felt, of Britain’s global responsibilities (Kipling) or her reliance on a “coolie empire” (Orwell). This essay examines the global vision of both writers, and the highly partial perspective conferred on it by the optic of empire. It does so by looking at two journalistic or “travel writing” texts about other people’s empires: Kipling’s account in From Sea to Sea of a visit to China in 1889, and Orwell’s essay “Marrakech”, written during his stay in French Morocco in 1938-39.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/197583
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.111

 

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dc.contributor.authorKerr, DWFen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-29T08:26:44Z-
dc.date.available2014-05-29T08:26:44Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationConcentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 40 n. 1, p. 35-50en_US
dc.identifier.issn1729-6897-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/197583-
dc.description.abstractThis essay argues for a close relationship and intriguing similarities between George Orwell and Rudyard Kipling, writers a generation apart, who are usually thought of as occupying opposite ends of the political spectrum, with Kipling’s wholehearted conservative belief in the British Empire standing in contrast to Orwell’s socialist hatred of the same institution. Yet these two great writers of fiction and journalism have much in common: born in India into what Orwell called “the ‘service’ middle class”, both had their political and intellectual formation in the East. Empire made Kipling proud and it made Orwell ashamed, but their imperial experience overseas gave both of them a global vision, which each in turn tried to share with their readers at home who understood too little, they felt, of Britain’s global responsibilities (Kipling) or her reliance on a “coolie empire” (Orwell). This essay examines the global vision of both writers, and the highly partial perspective conferred on it by the optic of empire. It does so by looking at two journalistic or “travel writing” texts about other people’s empires: Kipling’s account in From Sea to Sea of a visit to China in 1889, and Orwell’s essay “Marrakech”, written during his stay in French Morocco in 1938-39.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherNational Taiwan Normal University. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eng.ntnu.edu.tw/concentric-literature/contact%20concentric.htmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofConcentric: Literary and Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleOrwell and Kipling: Global Visionsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailKerr, DWF: kerrdw@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.6240/concentric.lit.2014.40.1.03-
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dc.identifier.volume40en_US
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dc.publisher.placeTaiwan, Republic of Chinaen_US

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