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Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History

  • Margot Finn
  • Michael Lobban
  • Jenny Bourne Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Margot Finn, Michael Lobban, Jenny Bourne Taylor
    Pages 1-24
  3. Margot Finn, Michael Lobban, Jenny Bourne Taylor
    Pages 173-174
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 175-191

About this book


This innovative book draws together literature, law and economic and social history to investigate the meanings and uses of legitimacy in nineteenth-century Britain. This broad range of essays highlights the ways in which contested narratives and interested performances shaped the idea of legitimate authority during this period.


English literature Great Britain law Narrative social history

Editors and affiliations

  • Margot Finn
    • 1
  • Michael Lobban
    • 2
  • Jenny Bourne Taylor
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK
  2. 2.University of LondonUK
  3. 3.University of SussexUK

About the editors

TIMOTHY ALBORN Professor of History, Lehman College, University of New York City, USA MICHAEL LOBBAN Professor of Legal History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK RANDALL MCGOWEN Professor of History, University of Oregon, USA ROHAN MCWILLIAM Senior Lecturer in British and American History, Anglia Ruskin University, UK JOSEPHINE MCDONAGH Professor of English Literature, King's College, University of London, UK MARGOT FINN Professor of Modern British history, University of Warwick, UK JENNY BOURNE TAYLOR Professor of English, University of Sussex, UK

Bibliographic information


'...several of the essays offer interesting and worthwhile material... Perhaps, most appealing to literary scholars will be Jo McDonagh's 'On Settling and Being Unsettled: Legitimacy and Settlement around 1850'. A subtle analysis of the languages of settlement in George Coode's 1851 parliamentary report on the New Poor Law and Charles Dickens' 1852-3 novel Bleak House , this essay exemplifies interdisciplinary scholarship at its best.' - Routledge ABES June 2011