Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man's World

Author: Joseph Bristow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317365593

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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Originally published in 1991. Focusing on ‘boys' own’ literature, this book examines the reasons why such a distinct type of combative masculinity developed during the heyday of the British Empire. This book reveals the motives that produced this obsessive focus on boyhood. In Victorian Britain many kinds of writing, from the popular juvenile weeklies to parliamentary reports, celebrated boys of all classes as the heroes of their day. Fighting fit, morally upright, and proudly patriotic - these adventurous young men were set forth on imperial missions, civilizing a savage world. Such noble heroes included the strapping lads who brought an end to cannibalism on Ballantyne's "Coral Island" who came into their own in the highly respectable "Boys' Own Paper", and who eventually grew up into the men of Haggard's romances, advancing into the Dark Continent. The author here demonstrates why these young heroes have enjoyed a lasting appeal to readers of children's classics by Stevenson, Kipling and Henty, among many others. He shows why the political intent of many of these stories has been obscured by traditional literary criticism, a form of criticism itself moulded by ideals of empire and ‘Englishness’. Throughout, imperial boyhood is related to wide-ranging debates about culture, literacy, realism and romance. This is a book of interest to students of literature, social history and education.

Avatars of the Word

From Papyrus to Cyberspace

Author: James Joseph O'Donnell

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674055452

Category: Computers

Page: 210

View: 736

The written word has been a central bearer of culture since antiquity. But its position is now being challenged by the powerful media of electronic communication. In this penetrating and witty book James O'Donnell takes a reading on the promise and the threat of electronic technology for our literate future. In Avatars of the Word O'Donnell reinterprets today's communication revolution through a series of refracted comparisons with earlier revolutionary periods: the transition from oral to written culture, from the papyrus scroll to the codex, from copied manuscript to print. His engaging portrayals of these analogous epochal moments suggest that our steps into cyberspace are not as radical as we might think. Observing how technologies of the word have affected the shaping of culture in the past, and how technological transformation has been managed, we regain models that can help us navigate the electronic transformation now underway. Concluding with a focus on the need to rethink the modern university, O'Donnell specifically addresses learning and teaching in the humanities, proposing ways to seek the greatest benefit from electronic technologies while steering clear of their potential pitfalls.

British Book News

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Includes no. 53a: British wartime books for young people.

Empire of Analogies

Kipling, India and Ireland

Author: Kaori Nagai

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 185

View: 8208

"Who is Kim?" and "Why is he Irish?"--This book sheds light on this post-colonial riddle by placing it within a web of colonial analogies that existed to create the British Empire as a "reality." It characterizes "Empire" as a discursive battleground in which conflicting and changing models of British hegemony coexisted and were constantly contested. Starting from the analysis of the Irish characters in Kipling's Indian stories, this book shows that the representation of the British Empire was greatly indebted to analogies and comparisons made between colonies, and as such became the very site where the image of Empire was contested. It contrasts two different ways of making colonial analogies; "imperialist" and "nationalist." Kipling, as a young journalist, was keenly aware of the fact that Indian and Irish nationalists drew analogies between each other's colonial situation to make the case for self-government and British misrule, and his repeated emphasis on Irish participation in the Raj can be seen as a powerful "imperialist" counter-representation to these subversive analogies. With this framework in mind, this book traces how Kipling's representation of Empire changed over time as he moved away from India and also as the hegemony of British imperialism faltered toward the end of the nineteenth century. It argues that this change roughly corresponds with the transformation of Mulvaney: Kim is characteristically made voiceless as an Irish subject, who does not miss Ireland as home. Furthermore, the book shows how Kipling's new version of the white man's world, that is, of the Settler's Empire, is palimpsested onto Kim, which makes the novel radically different from his earlier representation of the Raj. "Empire of Analogies" is primarily aimed at scholars and students who are interested in such topics as Rudyard Kipling, postcolonial literature and history, nineteenth-century Irish history and culture, British India, and the larger question of the British Empire. Scholars who are working on trans-colonial models of the British Empire, and/or the use of comparative models in postcolonial studies, would find this book particularly interesting. "Empire of Analogies" has special relevance to courses in Colonial/Postcolonial literature and Victorian Studies, dealing with topics such as empire and literature, British India, nineteenth Irish history and diaspora, the Boer War, the Settler colonies, and transcolonialsm/nationalism. Many of these courses list Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" as one of the main texts.

Mark Twain & Company

Six Literary Relations

Author: Leland Krauth

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820325408

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

View: 1775

In this comparison of Mark Twain with six of his literary contemporaries, Leland Krauth looks anew at the writer's multifaceted creativity. Twain, a highly lettered man immersed in the literary culture of his time, viewed himself as working within a community of writers. He likened himself to a guild member whose work was the crafted product of a common trade--and sometimes made with borrowed materials. Yet there have been few studies of Twain in relation to his fellow guild members. In Mark Twain & Company, Krauth examines some creative "sparks and smolderings" ignited by Twain's contact with certain writers, all of whom were published, read, and criticized on both sides of the Atlantic: the Americans Bret Harte, William Dean Howells, and Harriet Beecher Stowe and the British writers Matthew Arnold, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling. Each chapter explores the nature of Twain's personal relationship with a writer as well as the literary themes and modes they shared. Krauth looks at the sentimentality of Harte and Twain and its influence on their protest fiction; the humor and social criticism of Twain and Howells; the use of the Gothic by Twain and Stowe to explore racial issues; the role of Victorian Sage assumed by Arnold and Twain to critique civilization; the exploitation of adventure fiction by Twain and Stevenson to reveal conceptions of masculinity; and the use of the picaresque in Kipling and Twain to support or subvert imperialism. Mark Twain & Company casts new light on some of the most enduring writers in English. At the same time it refreshes the debate over the transatlantic nature of Victorianism with new insights about nineteenth-century morality, conventionality, race, corporeality, imperialism, manhood, and individual identity.

The Complete Stalky & Co

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192838599

Category: Medical

Page: 325

View: 3073

Kipling portrays school as the first stage of a much larger game, a pattern-maker for the experiences of life. Implied throughout the stories is the question 'What happened to these fifteen-year-old boys, and how did the lessons they learned at school apply to the world of warfare and imperial government?' The stories are based on Kipling's own school, the United Services College at Westward Ho! in Devon, which prepared boys destined for the army or for colonial service; Kipling himself appears as the subordinate character, Beetle. This edition includes five Stalky stories which did not appear in the original volume, and thus constitutes a Complete Stalky and Co.

The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh

A Penal Exile in Australia, 1825-1844

Author: Ralph Rashleigh (pseud.)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Criminals

Page: 349

View: 9099


Stalky's Reminiscences

Author: - Dunsterville

Publisher: Pomona Press

ISBN: 1406794759

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 3109

'The real Stalky, General Dunsterville, who is so delightful a character that the fictitious Stalky must at times feel jealous of him as a rival..In the war he proved his genius in the Dunster Force adventure and in this book he shows that he possesses another kind of genius - the genius of comic self-revelation and burbling anecdote. And the whole story is told in a vain of comedy that would have done credit to Charles Lever' The Observer

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS (Illustrated Edition)

Adventure Novel from one of the most popular writers in England, known for The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim, Stalky & Co, Plain Tales from the Hills, Soldier's Three, The Light That Failed

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 802720173X

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 915

This beautifully illustrated eBook edition of "Captain Courageous" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Captains Courageous is an adventure novel. The book's title comes from the ballad "Mary Ambree", which starts, "When captains courageous, whom death could not daunt". Protagonist Harvey Cheyne, Jr., is the son of a wealthy railroad magnate and his wife, in San Diego, California. Washed overboard from a transatlantic steamship and rescued by fishermen off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Harvey can neither persuade them to take him quickly to port, nor convince them of his wealth. Disko Troop, captain of the schooner We're Here, offers him temporary membership in the crew until they return to port, and Harvey later accepts. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Atlantic Adventure

Author: Francis Chichester

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447234111

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 104

View: 2375

In June 1962 Francis Chichester set out from Plymouth once again to cross the Atlantic single-handed in his 13-ton yacht, Gipsy Moth III, in an attempt to beat the 40-day record he set up himself in 1960. He succeeded, and knocked nearly a week off his previous time. Chichester also made history on his voyage by keeping in daily contact with Britain by means of a small battery-operated radio-telephone which enabled The Guardian, the sponsors of the voyage, to publish daily extracts from his log. Edited by The Guardian’s Yachting Editor, J. R. L. Anderson, this book, Chichester’s own day-by-day narrative of that adventurous journey, threatened by gales, icebergs and fog, is the drama of one man fighting his way alone across the North Atlantic. It is one of the great stories of the sea. ‘a magnificent achievement’ Guardian ‘hard to put down’ Times Literary Supplement ‘good-natured, informal and totally unpretentious book’ Observer


The Organ of the Book Trade

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 2739

Vols. for 1871-76, 1913-14 include an extra number, The Christmas bookseller, separately paged and not included in the consecutive numbering of the regular series.

Kipling in India

Author: Louis L. Cornell

Publisher: London, Macmillan


Category: KIPLING, RUDYARD,1865-1936

Page: 224

View: 5834

Study of Kipling's literary apprenticeship, showing the ways in which his talent was given shape and direction by the circumstances of his Indian years.

There Goes a Man

The Biography of Sir Stanley G. Savige

Author: William B. Russell

Publisher: Melbourne : s.n.


Category: Generals

Page: 315

View: 8355


The Adventures of Dunsterforce

Author: Major-General L. C. Dunsterville

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1781499373

Category: History

Page: 354

View: 9573

Dunsterforce', named after its intrepid commander, Maj.-Gen. L.C. Dunsterville, was the small, secret expedition, known from its clandestine nature as 'the Hush-Hush army', sent to the Caucasus at the end of 1917 in a bid to nip Russia's Bolshevik revolution in the bud, or at least to forestall any Russian attempt to move south and and export their revolution to British-ruled India. Small and ill-supplied, Dunsterforce made up for its lack of numbers with the personal dash of its commander, (who had already been immortalised in literature as 'Stalky' in Rudyard Kipling's public school tales, 'Stalky & Co' based on Kipling's boyhood with Dunsterville at the United Services College at Westward Ho! in Devon). Dunsterville's own book has plenty of Kiplingesque derring do as the General and his subordinate officers (who led sub-expeditions) to parley with the Kurdish, Persian and Cossack tribesmen of the vast and mountainous area. In the end, Dunsterforce found itself battling in vain to save the oil rich town of Baku from the Bolsheviks before lack of resources and the fatal disunity among his allies forced the force to withdraw, their mission unfulfilled. This colourful memoir, reflecting the charismatic character of its author, is a key source for anyone interested in what Kipling called the Great Game (the great power rivalry between Russia and Britain) in British intervention in Russia and the history of unorhtodox warfare.


Author: Jad Adams

Publisher: Haus Pub


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 218

View: 1956

A beautifully illustrated, evocative portrayal of a by-gone age

The Kipling Journal

The Organ of the Kipling Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

View: 4784

Includes lists of members of the Kipling society.

The Artisan Soda Workshop

75 Homemade Recipes from Fountain Classics to Rhubarb Basil, Sea Salt Lime, Cold-Brew Coffee and Much Much More

Author: Andrea Lynn

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1612430678

Category: Cooking

Page: 127

View: 7047

Provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for making customized and organic sodas that use an inexpensive home carbonator and a wide range of fruits, herbs and spices not usually found in pop. 15,000 first printing. Original.