Margaret Harkness

Writing social engagement 1880-1921

Edited by Flore Janssen and Lisa C. Robertson

Margaret Harkness
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  • Publish Date: Nov 2018
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    Margaret Harkness is the first book to bring together research on the life and work of a writer, activist and traveller at the forefront of literary innovation and social change at the turn of the twentieth century. Its multidisciplinary approach combines recently uncovered biographical information with rich contextual information to illuminate the extensive career of a writer committed to exposing the exploitation of individuals and the plight of marginalised communities worldwide. The critical essays range from new considerations of Harkness's well-known novels to examinations of lesser-known periodical fiction and journalism, her relationship with contemporaries such as Olive Schreiner and W. T. Stead, and her life and work abroad in Australia and India. The book gives substance to women's social engagement and political involvement in a period prior to their formal enfranchisement and enriches understanding of the complex and dynamic world of the long nineteenth century.


    Chronology of Margaret Harkness's life
    Margaret Harkness's connections
    Selected works by Margaret Harkness
    Note on texts cited

    Introduction: Rethinking Margaret Harkness's Significance in Political and Literary History
    Lisa C. Robertson and Flore Janssen
    Part I: Harkness's Life and Work
    1. A Law unto Herself: the Solitary Odyssey of M. E. Harkness
    Terry Elkiss
    2. Absent Character: from Margaret Harkness to John Law
    Tabitha Sparks
    Part II: In Harkness's London
    3. Walking Harkness's London
    Nadia Valman
    4. 'The Problem of Leisure/What to do for Pleasure': Women and Leisure Time in A City Girl (1887) and In Darkest London (1891)
    Eliza Cubitt
    5. The Vicissitudes of Victory: Margaret Harkness, George Eastmont, Wanderer (1905), and the 1889 Dockworkers' Strike
    David Glover
    Part III: Harkness and Genre: Rethinking Slum Fiction
    6. Soundscapes of the City in Margaret Harkness, A City Girl (1887), Henry James, The Princess Casamassima (1885-86), and Katharine Buildings, Whitechapel
    Ruth Livesey
    7. Margaret Harkness, Novelist: Social Semantics and Experiments in Fiction
    Lynne Hapgood
    8. 'Connie': Melodrama and Tory-Socialism
    Deborah Mutch
    Part IV: Personal Influences: Harkness and her Contemporaries
    9. Socialism, Suffering, and Religious Mystery: Margaret Harkness and Olive Schreiner
    Angharad Eyre
    10. Margaret Harkness, W. T. Stead, and the Transatlantic Social Gospel Network
    Helena Goodwyn
    Part V: After London: Harkness's Life and Work in the Twentieth Century
    11. Through the Mill: Margaret Harkness on Conjectural History and Utilitarian Philosophy
    Lisa C. Robertson
    12. Lasting Ties: Margaret Harkness, the Salvation Army, and A Curate's Promise (1921)
    Flore Janssen



    Flore Janssen is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London

    Lisa C. Robertson is a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Warwick

    Margaret Harkness

    Edited by Flore Janssen, Lisa C. Robertson

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