Illustrating the Native Feature

  • Mark Paffard


So argued the radical poet Francis Adams in 1891.1 In effect he combines two points here — that Kipling wilfully ignores Indian politics, as represented by the Indian journalism of Bombay and Calcutta, and by the newly-formed Indian Congress; and also that he sees Indians only in the mass, as ‘raw, brown, naked humanity’, as Kipling puts it in ‘The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin.’


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Notes and References

  1. 3.
    What is Kim?’ in D. W. Jefferson (ed.) The Morality of Art: Essays in Honour of G. Wilson Knight (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969) p. 213.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    The tradition of espionage in India is described by Michael Edwardes, Playing the Great Game (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975).Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    James Elliott, India (London: Batsford, 1977) p. 127.Google Scholar
  4. 13.
    Angus Wilson, The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling (London: Martin, Secker, and Warburg, 1977) p. 127.Google Scholar
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    Gillian Beer, Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and Nineteenth Century Fiction (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983) p. 24.Google Scholar
  6. 23.
    J. A. V. Chapple, Documentary and Imaginative Literature, 1880–1920 (London: Blandford Press, 1970) p. 185.Google Scholar
  7. 24.
    Elliott L. Gilbert, The Good Kipling (Manchester University Press, 1972) p. 43.Google Scholar
  8. 27.
    Lionel Johnson, Academy, 17 October 1891, pp. 327–8.Google Scholar

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