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Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle

Alexander Bubb


This book compares Rudyard Kipling and W. B. Yeats in the formative phase of their careers, from their births in 1865 up to 1903. The argument consists of parallel readings wed to a biographic structure. Reading the two poets in parallel often yields remarkable discursive echoes. For example, both men were similarly preoccupied with the visual arts, heroism, folklore, balladry, and the demotic voice. Both struck vatic postures, and made bids for public authority premised on an appeal to what they considered the ‘mythopoeic’ impulse in fin de siècle culture. The methodology consists in identify ... More

Keywords: Kipling, Yeats, fin de siècle, imperialism, nationalism, India, Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Bubb, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, King's College, London