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Home and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literary London$
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Lisa C. Robertson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474457880

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474457880.001.0001

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‘Out of its torpid misery’: Plotting Passivity in Margaret Harkness’s A City Girl

‘Out of its torpid misery’: Plotting Passivity in Margaret Harkness’s A City Girl

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Home and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literary London
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Lisa C. Robertson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474457880.003.0002

This chapter examines Margaret Harkness’s novel A City Girl (1887). It describes the emergence of the Model Dwellings Movement, and considers Harkness’s time living in a model dwelling in London’s East End: Katharine Buildings. This chapter studies the fictional representation of Katharine Buildings in A City Girl to engage with questions about the social effectiveness of model dwellings movement and its program of ‘capitalist philanthropy.’

Keywords:   Margaret Harkness, A City Girl, Katharine Buildings, East End, Capitalist Philanthropy, Model Dwellings Movement

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