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Literature and poverty : from the Hebrew Bible to the Ssecond World War

Author: David Aberbach
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
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Literature and Poverty offers an engaging overview of changes in literary perceptions of poverty and the poor. Part I of the book, from the Hebrew Bible to the French Revolution, provides essential background information. It introduces the Scriptural ideal of the 'holy poor' and the process by which biblical love of the poor came to be contested and undermined in European legislation and public opinion as capitalism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Aberbach
ISBN: 9780429025594 0429025599 9780429657795 042965779X 9780429652912 0429652917 9780429655357 0429655355
OCLC Number: 1086610845
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: Biblical ideals to secular realities --
The "holy poor" and its desecrations: --
From the Hebrew Bible to the French Revolution --
The Bbible and the poor: law and literature --
The medieval transformation: the unholy poor in literature and poor law --
Sixteenth-century English nationalism: poor law, scripture and Shakespeare --
From Shakespeare to Wordsworth: the rediscovery of Biblical love for the poor --
Poverty in the West and the failure of ideologies, 1789-1939 --
Industry, revolution and the poor --
Germinal: peasants and literature in England, Russia and France --
Jews in Eastern Europe 1861-1917: degradation and recovery --
Hunger-artists: from Pushkin to Orwell --
Poverty, literature and the environment --
The end of extreme poverty in the West: interwar Italy and America.
Responsibility: David Aberbach.

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Literature and Poverty offers an engaging overview of changes in literary perceptions of poverty and the poor. Part I of the book, from the Hebrew Bible to the French Revolution, provides essential background information. It introduces the Scriptural ideal of the 'holy poor' and the process by which biblical love of the poor came to be contested and undermined in European legislation and public opinion as capitalism grew and the state took over from the Church; Part II, from the French Revolution to World War II, shows how post-1789 problems of industrialization, population growth, war, and urbanization came to dominate much European literature, as poverty and the poor became central concerns of major writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Hugo. David Aberbach uses literature - from the Bible, through Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Zola, Pushkin, and Orwell - to show how poverty changed from being an endemic and unavoidable fact of life, to a challenge for equality that might be attainable through a moral and rational society. As a literary and social history of poverty, this book argues for the vital importance of literature and the arts in understanding current problems in International Development.

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