Kipling’s Imperial Boy

Adolescence and Cultural Hybridity


Kipling’s Imperial Boy opens by examining the significance of boyhood in the evolution of European modernity. Chapter one shows how closely the figure of the adolescent (the ‚boy‘) is associated with questions of imperial expansion and consolidation. The chapters that follow take up Rudyard Kipling’s fiction of the imperial boy, emphasizing the imaginative link between adolescence and cultural hybridity and offering detailed readings of The Jungle Book, Stalky & Co ., and Kim.