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Flora Annie Steel

A Critical Study of an Unconventional Memsahib

Susmita Roye, Editor

Literary Criticism and Theory, Women's Studies

Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9781772122602
Pages: 304 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 2 black and white photographs

Flora Annie Steel was a contemporary of Rudyard Kipling and she rivaled his popularity as a writer of her times, but gender-biased politics made her gradually fade in readers’ minds. 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 and journalism to letter writing, from housekeeping manuals to philanthropic activities. These essays, by recognized experts on Steel’s life and work, will appeal to interdisciplinary scholars and readers in the fields of Women’s Studies, British India, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, and Victorian writing.

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 her monograph on women writers in British India.

Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929) was born at Sudbury Priory, Harrow and grew up in Forfarshire in Scotland. She spent 22 years in India, mainly in the Punjab.

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