Empathy in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books, Mirrored in Illustrations by John Lockwood Kipling and Aldren Watson

Norman Arthur Fischer
2018 Journal of Literature and Art Studies  
which is the title I will use throughout. 1 Part One details the influence of two animal empathy writers, Lockwood Kipling and Ernest Thompson Seton, on the Jungle Books. Part Two uses recent philosophical studies of empathy in the animal and human relationship. Part Three applies a German philosophy of art history to the new look of the O/B and Doubleday Jungle Books. Part Four interprets selected Jungle Books stories in the light of Parts one, two and three. The first written work that sheds
more » ... ight on empathy in the animal-human relation in the Jungle Books is Lockwood's Beast and Man in India (1891). This book is a revelation for understanding the Jungle Books. Very early Lockwood established his allegiance to the burgeoning humane society movement, when he praises the Indian parliament for passing Humane Society type legislation. 2 This theme runs throughout Beast and Man in India, and is buttressed by subthemes, in the way that the main water body of a watershed is fed by its smaller bodies of water. 3
doi:10.17265/2159-5836/2018.01.001 fatcat:nhvqt3dlw5dg7geyopfw6ruxfe