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[UPDATE] 'The Female Kipling' and the British Raj: A Critical Anthology on Flora Annie Steel (Feb. 15, 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Susmita Roye, Delaware State University (USA)
‘The Female Kipling’ and the British Raj:
Anybody who has delved into the scholarly field of Memsahibs’ writings of British India has come across the works by a famous “unconventional” memsahib, Flora Annie Steel (1847-1929). This memsahib-writer has been variously hailed as the “Novelist of India” and the “Star of India”. She was a prolific writer, who narrated fictional tales colored by her first-hand experience of Indian life and life in India. Wife of an ICS officer, she lived in British India for 22 years, travelled across the north-west of the subcontinent and, out of her curiosity to see the ‘real India’, learned Indian languages to better communicate with the natives she met. For her enthusiasm to learn about India and write about what she thought to be the heart of India, she stood out among the other memsahibs. Her works range from novels (like On the Face of the Waters), short fiction (like ‘In the Permanent Way’), collection of Indian folk-tales (Tales of the Punjab), to guides for other memsahibs in colonial India (The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook).
As mentioned, scholars and critics studying the memsahibs’ writings almost inevitably come across and/or work on Steel’s oeuvre. Benita Parry, Indrani Sen, Nancy Paxton, Jenny Sharpe, among others, have critically analyzed Steel’s writings. Violet Powell has penned down a biography of Steel. Despite the significance of Steel as a colonial woman writer and the extant critical works on her, we do not have any major edited collection of essays bringing together scholarly articles on Steel for the benefit of the researchers, scholars and students of Memsahib’s literature. This collection of articles proposes to address that lack.
The editor invites scholarly articles on Flora Annie Steel, and her literature on and relationship with India. Topics for essays may include, but are not limited to:
Timeline of this project:
Please send your abstract to Susmita Roye by FEBRUARY 15, 2014. Any questions or requests for further information are also to be directed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org