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Kipling the Trickster Knowingness, Practical Jokes and the Use of Superior Knowledge in Kipling's Short Stories

éditeur : NBN International
catégorie : Sciences Politiques > Histoire et théories
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This book is an exploration of the way in which the characters in Rudyard Kipling’s short stories use superior knowledge, which often involves deception and the playing of practical jokes. There was early critical hostility to the stance adopted by Kipling’s characters, that of a superior knowledge acquired by friendship with a small male circle. This book engages with a long-standing critical tradition which treats the jokes as acts of vicarious revenge or symptoms of supposed defects in Kipling’s personality, instead setting his use of the practical joke in the wider social context of his time.
In this book Kipling’s writing is examined for what it reveals about a complex, self-conscious but powerful range of values rather than what it is supposed to disguise or conceal. Although he endorsed British colonial rule, Kipling was frank about the slackness, endemic rule-breaking and second-rate nature of British rule in India. He also criticised some of the widespread cultural, religious and moral phenomena of his time, which he thought harmful. Many of his short stories contain an implied but serious criticism of Victorian beliefs, from attitudes to death-beds, and schoolboys to Positivism.

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Titre Kipling the Trickster - Knowingness, Practical Jokes and the Use of Superior Knowledge in Kipling's Short Stories
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Editeur NBN International
Langue EN
Date de publication 24/06/2021

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Ean EPUB 9781800793439
Type de protection Adobe DRM
Ean PDF 9781800793422
Type de protection Adobe DRM
Ean papier 9781800793415
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