Date of Award

Spring 4-6-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

LeeAnne Richardson

Second Advisor

Michael Galchinsky

Third Advisor

Ian Almond

Abstract

This thesis intends to investigate the ways in which the changing perceptions of landscape during the nineteenth century play out in Kipling’s treatment of Kim’s phenomenological and epistemological questions of identity by examining the indelible influence of space— geopolitical, narrative, and imaginative—on Kim’s identity. By interrogating the extent to which maps encode certain ideological assumptions, I will assess the problematic issues of Kim’s multi-faceted identity through an exploration of both geographical and narrative landscapes and the various chronotopes—Bakhtin’s term for coexisting frameworks of time and space—that ultimately provide a new reading of identity-formation in Kim.

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