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Kipling and Yeats at 150

Retrospectives/Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Promodini Varma, Anubhav Pradhan

Routledge India

284 pages

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This book evaluates the parallels, divergences, and convergences in the literary legacies of Rudyard Kipling and William Butler Yeats. Coming 150 years after their birth, the volume sheds light on the conversational undercurrents that pull together the often diametrically polar worldviews of these two seminal figures of the English literary canon. Contextualizing their texts to the larger milieu that Kipling and Yeats lived in and contributed to, the book investigates a range of aesthetic and perceptual similarities—from cultures of violence to notions of masculinity, from creative debts to Shakespeare to responses to British imperialism and industrial modernity—to establish the perceptible consonance of their works. Kipling and Yeats are known to never have corresponded, but the essays collected here show evidence of the influence that their acute awareness of each other’s work and thoughts may have had. 

Offering fresh perspectives which make Kipling’s and Yeats’s diverse texts, contexts, and legacies contemporarily relevant, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of literature, critical theory, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and comparative literature.

Table of Contents


Introduction: ‘When Two Strong Men Stand Face to Face’: Locating Kipling with Yeats

Part I. Influences and Legacies

  1. Yeats and Kipling: Parallels, Divergences, and Convergences
  2. Rupin W. Desai

  3. Mowgli, the Law of the Jungle, and the Panchatantra
  4. Mythili Kaul

  5. The Ungendered Self: Yeats’s ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’ in the Light of Indian Philosophy
  6. Ruth Vanita

  7. Songs of the Wandering Aengus: Echoes of the Political Yeats in Dorothy Salisbury Davis’s The Habit of Fear
  8. Peter Schulman

    Part II. Self and Society

  9. Yeats, Kipling, and the Haven-Finding Art
  10. Malabika Sarkar

  11. Transgressed Margins: Reading the ‘Other’ Kipling
  12. Madhu Grover

  13. ‘Turning from the Mirror to Meditation upon a Mask’: Yeats’s Search for his Daimon in ‘Ego Dominus Tuus’
  14. Amiya Bhushan Sharma

  15. Kim’s Modern Education: Rudyard Kipling the Zealot
  16. K.B.S. Krishna

    Part III. Craft, Medium, Politics

  17. The Chameleon and the Peacock: Kipling and Yeats as Creative Readers of Shakespeare
  18. Robert S. White

  19. ‘The Writer is Indebted to the Pioneer and Civil and Military Gazette’: Kipling, Newspapers, and Poetry
  20. John Lee

  21. Politics, Drama, and Poetry: The Political Vision of W.B. Yeats as Reflected in Select Plays and Poems
  22. Prashant K. Sinha

  23. Redefining the Body of Censorship: Reading Rudyard Kipling’s Indian Short Stories (1888–1902)
  24. Indrani Das Gupta

  25. Rudyard Kipling and the Networks of Empire: Writing Imperial Infrastructure in The Light that Failed and Captains Courageous
  26. Dominic Davies

    Part IV. Masculinity and/as Empire

  27. ‘The Passionless Passion of Slaughter’: Heroism and the Aesthetics of Violence
  28. Alexander Bubb

  29. ‘I am not a Sahib’: Boys and Masculinity in Kipling’s Indian Fiction
  30. Usha Mudiganti

  31. Does Kipling’s ‘If’ Appropriate the Gita? Correlating Empire, Muscular Christianity, and Sthitaprajna
  32. Nanditha Rajaram Shastry

  33. Chaps: Kipling, Yeats, and the Empire of Men

Anubhav Pradhan


About the Editors

Promodini Varma is Director (Admissions & Evaluations) at South Asian University, New Delhi, India. She was Principal at Bharati College, University of Delhi till May 2015 and was part of the Department of English since the college’s inception. She has edited six textbooks for undergraduate students at University of Delhi as well as translated some of Samuel Beckett’s plays into Hindi. Her research interests include South Asian literature, modern drama, and English Language Teaching.

Anubhav Pradhan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, India, and works on colonial ethnography and the British imagination of India. Simultaneously, he is also engaged in questions of affect, heritage, land, and identity with close reference to Delhi. He has served Primus Books as its Senior Marketing Editor and Bharati College, University of Delhi as an Assistant Professor.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies