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Author Coates, John (John D.)

Title The day's work : Kipling and the idea of sacrifice / John Coates.

Published Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  828.809 KIPLING/ COAT    AVAILABLE
Physical description 136 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 128-133) and index.
Contents 1. Failure and Success of Civilizations in Puck of Pook's Hill -- 2. Rewards and Fairies: Thor and Tyr, Necessary Suffering, and the Battle against Disorder -- 3. Rewards and Fairies: Loyalty and Sacrifice -- 4. Religious Crosscurrents in "The House Surgeon" -- 5. The Redemption Theme in Limits and Renewals -- 6. The Limits of Knowledge: "The Eye of Allah" -- 7. Kipling's Valediction to Art: "Proofs of Holy Writ"
Summary Although Kipling has never lost his hold on a large and admiring public, recent years have witnessed an increasing critical interest in his work. This book approaches Kipling as a writer who, from the outset of his career, sensed a potential or actual horror at the heart of things. It examines Kipling's search for meaning, a research pursued on the political, moral, and religious planes, through original and highly sophisticated explorations of history and myth. It presents Kipling as a person who knew and understood his own suffering and used it in his search for strategies to deal with the temptations of pessimism that he had known and also the prevailing temptations in a political and intellectual crisis he felt obliged to address.
Subject Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Didactic fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Sacrifice in literature.
Order in literature.
ISBN 083863754X (alk. paper)