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Literature and Poverty : From the Hebrew Bible to the Second World War.

Author: David Aberbach
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2019.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Aberbach, David.
Literature and Poverty : From the Hebrew Bible to the Second World War.
Milton : Routledge, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Aberbach
ISBN: 9780429657795 042965779X
OCLC Number: 1089018833
Notes: Fascism and the Italian peasantry in Silone and Carlo Levi
Description: 1 online resource (275 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Biblical ideals to secular realities; The radicalism of post-1789 literature; Approaches and structure of this book; The literature of social change; Changing definitions of poverty in literature; What do writers know of poverty?; Literature, poverty, and Christianity; Notes; PART I: The 'holy poor' and its desecrations: from the Hebrew Bible to the French Revolution; 1. The Bible and the poor: Law and literature; Vernacular Scripture, the Reformation, and the poor Biblical poor law and European literatureThe Bible and Western views on poverty; The Bible and Christian views of the poor; The Bible and the common people; Notes; 2. The medieval transformation: The unholy poor in literature and Poor Law; Medieval capitalism and ambivalence toward the poor; The betrayal of the 'holy poor'; Poor Law and the degradation of the poor; Notes; 3. Sixteenth-century English nationalism: Poor Law, Scripture, and Shakespeare; Notes; 4. From Shakespeare to Wordsworth: The rediscovery of biblical love for the poor; From King Lear to lyrical ballads; Notes PART II: Poverty in the West and the failure of ideologies, 1789-19395. Industry, revolution, and the poor; William Blake and the struggle for social justice; The New Poor Law of 1834; Industry and the transformation of the lives of the poor; George Eliot; Dickens and the poor; Dickens as child laborer; Marx and revolution; Aspiration in the Victorian novel; Notes; 6. Germinal: Peasants and literature in England, Russia, and France; Wordsworth and the biblical spirit; Wordsworth the radical; Peasant-poets: Clare and Shevchenko; Shevchenko: voice of the poor; Peasants in Russian literature From under Gogol's 'Overcoat'Turgenev and the humanization of the Russian peasants; Chekhov and the Russian peasants after emancipation; Poverty and the French peasantry; Hugo's Les Misérables (1862); Zola's Germinal (1885); Notes; 7. East European Jews 1861-1917: Degradation and recovery; Mendele's life and identification with the poor; Mendele and fake beggars; All Israel = one beggar; The lower depths; Mendele's influence on the depiction of the poor in Jewish literature; Notes; 8. Hunger-artists: From Pushkin to Orwell; Poverty and authenticity The quest for hunger: from Rimbaud to OrwellOrwell: the disgrace of poverty in Paris and London, 1929; Notes; 9. Poverty, literature, and the environment; Industry and the environment in literature; The environment and the poor in Dickens, Gaskell, and Marx; Industry and the environment in Zola's Germinal; Mendele, the environment, and Eastern European Jews; Ibsen, Chekhov, and the environment; Environmental blunders in Mussolini's Italy; Environmental abuse in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath; Conclusion; Notes; 10. The end of extreme poverty in the West: Interwar Italy and America

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