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Working-class subjectivity in Margaret Harkness's ‘A city girl’

Sparks, Tabitha (2017) Working-class subjectivity in Margaret Harkness's ‘A city girl’. Victorian Literature and Culture, 45 (3). pp. 615-627. ISSN 1060-1503 (Print), 1470-1553 (Online)

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Abstract

One of the obvious strengths of Margaret Harkness's 1887 novel A City Girl is its comprehensive visual record of London's East End. Harkness depicts Whitechapel's geography and public and residential spaces with an authority derived, as we know, from her voluntary residence in the Katharine Buildings, thinly disguised in the novel as the Charlotte Buildings. The Katherine Buildings were a block of apartments for working class tenants built by the East End Dwelling Company; Harkness lived in them for a few months in 1887 and was one of a wave of middle-class women who ventured into such residences, sometimes as employees (“lady rent collectors”) and sometimes, as with Harkness and her cousin Beatrice Potter (later Webb) as writers determined to document in fictional or non-fictional form the conditions in which the poor lived. Harkness's first-hand experience and descriptive acuity has inspired some rich and productive scholarship on A City Girl, which in the form of two scholarly editions (one recent and one forthcoming) is the subject of a modest renaissance. ... - from Abstract.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 25 August 2017.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 12:02
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 12:02
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/996

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