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'Traveller’s Tales: Rudyard Kipling’s Gothic Short Fiction'

Vuohelainen, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9369-8190 (2021). 'Traveller’s Tales: Rudyard Kipling’s Gothic Short Fiction'. Gothic Studies,


Between 1884 and 1936, Rudyard Kipling wrote over 300 short stories, most of which were first published in colonial and cosmopolitan periodicals before being reissued in short-story collections. This corpus contains a number of critically neglected Gothic stories that fall into four groups: stories that belong to the ghost-story tradition; stories that represent the colonial encounter through gothic tropes of horror and the uncanny but do not necessarily include any supernatural elements; stories that develop an elegiac and elliptical Gothic Modernism; and stories that make use of the First World War and its aftermath as a gothic environment. This essay evaluates Kipling’s contribution to the critically neglected genre of the Gothic short story, with a focus on the stories’ persistent preoccupation with spatial tropes of travel, disorientation and displacement.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in Gothic Studies. The Version of Record will be available online at:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > English
Date available in CRO: 25 Feb 2021 11:16
Date deposited: 25 February 2021
Date of acceptance: 22 June 2021
Date of first online publication: 1 November 2021
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