Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing


Literature, English.


Bucknell, B.




This thesis attempts to articulate the nature of Kipling's colonial vision in the novel Kim (1901) as it was appropriated by Hollywood in 1950. I tackle the issue of subjectivity as it applies both to the colonizer and to the colonized in his/her act of representing and, subsequently, of identifying with that which exists as other or external to him/herself. I argue that what is central to the act of representing the other, especially for the colonizer, is a dependency on the process of signification in the field of vision: both the colonizer and the spectator of film must encounter images visually---by looking at the other and by being looked at in the process---in order to exist as subjects. I refer to this visual economy in terms of the concept of scopophilia and, therefore, also examine the issue of pleasure as a modality of desire. Throughout this thesis, I approach the ideas of Jacques Lacan through the theories of postcolonial and film critics alike, but I also argue against the ways in which Lacan has been applied to the situation of the Othered "subject". (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .L34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0358. Adviser: Bradley Bucknell. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.