Flora Annie Steel

Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929) was a contemporary of Rudyard Kipling and rivaled his popularity as a writer during her lifetime, but her legacy faded due to gender-biased politics. She spent 22 years in India, mainly in the Punjab. This collection is the first to focus entirely on this “unconventional memsahib” and her contribution to turn-of-the-century Anglo-Indian literature. The eight essays draw attention to Steel’s multifaceted work—ranging from fiction to journalism to letter writing, from housekeeping manuals to philanthropic activities. These essays, by recognized experts on her life and work, will appeal to interdisciplinary scholars and readers in the fields of British India and Women’s Studies.

Contributors: Amrita Banerjee, Helen Pike Bauer, Ralph Crane, Gráinne Goodwin, Alan Johnson, Anna Johnston, Danielle Nielsen, LeeAnne M. Richardson, Susmita Roye

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Epigraph 7
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction | Roye 12
1 Women Who Serve in Times of Need | Nielsen 28
2 The Other Voice | Banerjee 56
3 Narrative Strategy as Hermeneutic | Richardson 78
4 Flora Annie Steel and Indian Girlhood | Pike Bauer 104
5 The Transgressing Purdahnashin and Violated Purdah Space | Roye 128
6 “Going Jungli” | Johnson 150
7 How to Dine in India | Crane and Johnston 188
8 “Yours truly, Flora Annie Steel” | Goodwin 210
Contributors 234
Index 238
Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press 257