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.
Introduction: ‘When Two Strong Men Stand Face to Face’: Locating Kipling with Yeats
Part I. Influences and Legacies
Rupin W. Desai
Part II. Self and Society
Amiya Bhushan Sharma
Part III. Craft, Medium, Politics
Robert S. White
Prashant K. Sinha
Indrani Das Gupta
Part IV. Masculinity and/as Empire
Nanditha Rajaram Shastry