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David Sergeant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684588

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684588.001.0001

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Move to Fable, 1891–1900

Move to Fable, 1891–1900

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Kipling's Art of Fiction 1884-1901

David Sergeant

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Kipling’s navigation of visualized, embodied structures in Many Inventions , and shows how these were informed by his Anglo-Indian experience but are also eloquent within the broader context of the Western imagination of space. This aspect of Kipling’s fiction has affinities with the romance, as described by Stevenson and contrasting with Henry James, and possesses suggestive links with discoveries in cognitive science. The chapter shows how the Mowgli stories of The Jungle Books are split between authoritarian and complex works, and relates this division to two different ways of thinking and writing, mythos and logos. It traces the consolidation of Kipling’s narrative developments in this period in The Day’s Work, before examining the neglected tale ‘The Disturber of Traffic’. This is exceptional for combining realist and non-realist modes in a subtle interplay, and for eliding rather than enforcing the demarcated structures Kipling was so fond of imagining.

Keywords:   Kipling, embodied structures, space, Stevenson, Henry James, cognitive science, Mowgli, logos, mythos, realist

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