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Out of BoundsAnglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement$
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Alan Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834838

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834838.001.0001

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“Out of Bounds”

“Out of Bounds”

Clubs, Cantonments, Plains

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(p.112) Chapter 3 “Out of Bounds”
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Out of Bounds
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Alan Johnson

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834838.003.0004

This chapter explores the literal and symbolic roles of the colonial Club and the cantonment, both of which stressed exclusionary practices. An English resident was prohibited, either juridically (in the case of soldiers, especially) or socially from crossing cantonment borders—from being “out of bounds”—in defiance of the sanctified rituals of club life. This is why Kipling focuses on characters whose borderline existence threatens this sense of order. Like the physically divided Club he depicts in “The Bisara of Pooree,” characters who thrive on border-crossing express latent Anglo-Indian desires. Similarly, the Grand Trunk Road, which in fact anchored Indian traffic for centuries, figures prominently in Kim precisely because it is a space whose kaleidoscopic variety mirrors the persona of Kimball O'Hara.

Keywords:   colonial Club, club life, The Bisara of Pooree, Kim, Grand Trunk Road, Anglo-Indian desires, Rudyard Kipling

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