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From Margaret Harkness to John Law
Tabitha Sparks

historicist vein applies to work on Harkness by literary scholars who have reconstructed her associations with the socialist movement and a variety of reform initiatives (slum housing, ‘visiting’ schemes, the Salvation Army) as lenses through which to examine her fiction. Her substantial record of journalism, especially that focused on labour conditions in London’s East End, and her oft-cited experience living in Whitechapel’s Katharine Buildings in the late 1880s, can reinforce the documentary character of her fiction.2 Gerd Bjørhovde typifies this interpretative pattern

in Margaret Harkness
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The solitary odyssey of M. E. Harkness
Terry Elkiss

disenchantment with the labour movement’s methods and uneven achievements, as well as some of its socialist practitioners, was growing. Even her long-standing relationship with Potter was reaching a breaking point, in spite of the fact that Harkness was shortly to introduce her to Sidney Webb, the Fabian economist and Potter’s eventual spouse, at her flat across from the British Museum in January 1890.5 In the summer of 1890 Harkness travelled to Germany and Austria and began to report on labour conditions in these two countries, interviewing prominent socialists such as

in Margaret Harkness
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Work, play, and criticism
Sara Lodge

a principal target of nineteenth-century social critique is the effect on human lives of the labour conditions imposed by industry, and the vulnerable economy of the family itself, play represents a figured escape from and counterdiscourse to those conditions. Hood’s engagement with childhood and his appeal to the child in the adult reader are integrally related to his opposition to a culture where the liberty of the human body can be forfeit to ‘want of L. S. D.’ and the control exerted by an exploitative labour market threatens the native and commonly held

in Thomas Hood and nineteenth-century poetry
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The years of crisis and reassessment
Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia, and Meesha Nehru

prestige, occasionally ‘fast-tracking’ individual writers and allowing them to apply for UNEAC membership – the new survival mode created a new set of functions and value. With the decriminalisation of the dollar, swiftly followed by Law-Decree No 145 (November 1993), on labour conditions for creators of literary works (www.min.cult. cu/loader.php?sec=legislacion&cont=decretoley145), writers now had unprecedented freedom to seek contracts outside state mechanisms. The theme of money and culture in the Special Period has been amply discussed outside Cuba (Fernandes, 2003

in Literary culture in Cuba