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Margaret Harkness: Writing social engagement 1880-1921

Flore Janssen and Lisa Robertson


This volume is the first to bring together research on the life and work of the author, activist, and traveller Margaret Harkness, who wrote under the pseudonym ‘John Law’. The collection contextualises Harkness’s political project of observing and recording the lives and priorities of the working classes and urban poor alongside the broader efforts of philanthropists, political campaigners, journalists, and novelists who sought to bring the plight of marginalised communities to light at the end of the nineteenth century. It argues for a recognition of Harkness’s importance in providing testim ... More

Keywords: Margaret Harkness, John Law, Author, Activist, Traveller

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526123503
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Flore Janssen, editor
PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London

Lisa Robertson, editor
Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Warwick

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Part I Harkness’s life and work

Part II In Harkness’s London

Part III Harkness and genre: rethinking slum fiction

Part IV Personal influences: Harkness and her contemporaries

Part V After London: Harkness’s life and work in the twentieth century

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