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Out of BoundsAnglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement$
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Alan Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834838

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834838.001.0001

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Medical Topography in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters

Medical Topography in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters

(p.163) Chapter 5 Medical Topography in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters
Out of Bounds

Alan Johnson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter turns to Flora Annie Steel's revealingly flawed novel on the Indian Mutiny of 1857–1858, On the Face of the Waters, to show how the Indian bazaar and bungalow, and especially the veranda, were crucial tropes in British-India's domestic geography. How Steel employs these tropes counters the conventionally masculinist images of the Mutiny. In Steel's otherwise conventional imperial novel, the watershed event of the 1857 rebellion, intensely charged as it is with preconceived notions of Indian spatiality, simultaneously endorses imperial narrative and calls attention to the occlusion of women in this narrative. The British-Indian invention of the field of “medical topography,” the chapter argues, is a particularly revealing motif that informs Steel's novel in fascinating ways.

Keywords:   Flora Annie Steel, Indian bungalow8, British-India, Indian spatiality, medical topography, women, Indian bazaar, Indian veranda

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