Book details

Publication date: March 2017
Features: 2 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, index
Keywords: Anglo-Indian Literature / Victorian Writing / Colonial Studies
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism, Gender & Sexuality, Women’s Studies, Anglo-Indian Literature / Victorian Writing / Colonial Studies, Literary Criticism, Gender Studies, Women's History, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women, Anglo-Indian Literature / Victorian Writing / Colonial Studies, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, Women's Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Susmita Roye is Associate Professor of English at Delaware State University in the USA. She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Faculty for her monograph on women writers in British India.

"[The editor] gathers essays on the writer contemporaries called 'the female Rudyard Kipling' (p. xii). The wife of a Civil Service officer who lived in India for twenty-two years, Steel learned some of the local languages and improved the lives of Indian women by providing medical aid and establishing girls’ schools. The essays in this volume treat topics ranging from Steel’s rewriting of women’s role in the maintenance of British power to her sympathetic representation of the wit and creativity of Indian girls. The essays also reveal the generic range of Steel’s writing, from her letters to newspapers to intervene in social policy to her use of cookbook writing to suggest analogies between domestic and colonial management."

Andrea Henderson, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (Autumn 58, 4)

"There are eight essays by different hands on Steel (1847–1929), whom her contemporaries regarded as highly as Kipling but who subsequently faded into obscurity due to ‘the gender-biased politics of canonization’.... Each essay in this fascinating collection, which concludes with a useful index (pp. 211–24), is followed by notes and an alphabetically arranged enumerative listing of ‘Works Cited’: there are black and white illustrative figures scattered throughout the text."

William Baker, The Year’s Work in English Studies, Volume 98, Issue 1

"Going beyond Steel’s most famous and widely discussed work, On the Face of the Waters, this excellent volume strives to shed light on her less well-known novels, such as The Potter’s Thumb and Voices in the Night: A Chromatic Fantasia, as well as her short fiction and other genres of her writing that have not received much attention from literary critics, including housekeeping advice, journalism, and letters to editors."

Ira Raja, Oxford University Press Journals,Volume 98, Issue 1

“The volume consists of individually strong essays that shed new light on undiscovered aspects of Steel as a writer, covering the entire gamut of her writing life…. [It] exemplifies the value of microstudy with attention on the particular, helping to raise important, larger points about the general. This volume is essential reading for scholars of gender, literature, cultural studies, South Asian studies and imperial histories, and is highly recommended for anthropologists, scholars of British history and those interested in the intersections of race, class and gender.” [Full review at DOI: 10.1177/0262728020944769]

Radha Kapuria, South Asia Research Vol. 40(3)

Introduction / Susmita Roye
1 | Women Who Serve in Times of Need Recreating an Uprising in Flora Annie Steel’s Voices in the Night
2 | The Other Voice
Agency of the Fallen Women in Flora Annie Steel’s Novels
3 | Narrative Strategy as Hermeneutic
Reading In the Permanent Way as Colonial Theory
4 | Flora Annie Steel and Indian Girlhood
5 | The Transgressing Purdahnashin and
Violated Purdah Space
Kipling’s “Beyond the Pale” and Steel’s “Faizullah”
6 | “Going Jungli”
Flora Annie Steel’s Wild Civility
7 | How to Dine in India
Flora Annie Steel’s The Complete Indian Housekeeper
and Cook and the Anglo-Indian Imagination
8 | “Yours truly, Flora Annie Steel”
Gender, Empire, and Indian Pressure Politics in the
Times’s Correspondence Columns, 1897–1910

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