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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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‘Twenty girls in my attic’: Spatial and Spiritual Conversion in L. T. Meade’s A Princess of the Gutter

‘Twenty girls in my attic’: Spatial and Spiritual Conversion in L. T. Meade’s A Princess of the Gutter

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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/9781474457880.003.0009

This chapter examines L.T. Meade’s A Princess of the Gutter (1895). This novel integrates generic conventions of romance and realism in order to engage in contemporary debates about the settlement movement for its juvenile audience. In its representation of the protagonist’s experience living and working in various forms of settlement housing in London’s East End, the novel explores the degree to which a commitment to religious philosophy was necessary to effect meaningful social change.

Keywords:   L.T. Meade, A Princess of the Gutter, Settlement Movement, Model Dwellings, Realism, Romance, Philanthropy, East End, Religious Philosophy

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