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Reading Kipling’s The Land Through a Lens of Archaeology, Landscape, and English Nationalism

Moshenska, Gabriel; Daykin, Dale; Guo, Yangmengsha; Schmidt, Julia; Unwin, Elise; Wehr, Jelena; (2022) Reading Kipling’s The Land Through a Lens of Archaeology, Landscape, and English Nationalism. Public Archaeology 10.1080/14655187.2020.2058764. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Rudyard Kipling was enchanted by the Sussex landscape surrounding his house, Bateman’s. Many of his stories and poems are set in this landscape, and draw on its rich history, archaeology, and folklore. In this paper we examine Kipling’s 1917 poem The Land, which weaves together strands of landscape archaeology and nationalist origin mythology. The Land is the story of a single Sussex field, its colonial landowners from Roman Britain to the present, and the generations of the peasant Hobden family who care for it. In examining the poem we consider the notions of Englishness that Kipling conjures, their disconnection from the realities of rural Sussex, their contexts of war and revolution, and the uses of archaeology in the creation of nationalist myth.

Type: Article
Title: Reading Kipling’s The Land Through a Lens of Archaeology, Landscape, and English Nationalism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14655187.2020.2058764
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14655187.2020.2058764
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Englishness, landscape, nationalism, poetry, public archaeology, Rudyard Kipling, Sussex
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10150030
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