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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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Irritating Rules and Oppressive Officials: Convention and Innovation in Evelyn Sharp’s The Making of a Prig

Irritating Rules and Oppressive Officials: Convention and Innovation in Evelyn Sharp’s The Making of a Prig

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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/9781474457880.003.0005

This chapter documents the emergence of purpose-built women’s housing in late nineteenth-century London. It investigates the social and economic reasons for its emergence, and looks closely at Evelyn Sharp’s representation of one example of such buildings in her novel The Making of a Prig (1897). Sharp’s representation of the fictional ladies’ chambers ‘Queens Crescent’ (based in part on the Chenies Street Chamber) explores the tensions between the expectations of conventional domesticity and the unusual – and often radical – lives of the women who lived in such buildings.

Keywords:   Evelyn Sharp, The Making of a Prig, ladies’ chambers, women’s housing, Chenies Street Chambers, Ladies’ Residential Chambers Company

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