American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, by Gavin Jones

By Gavin Jones

Social anxiousness approximately poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. but, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a serious and ideological framework in its personal correct, regardless of contemporary curiosity in representations of the decrease periods and the marginalized. those insights lay the basis for American Hungers, within which Jones uncovers a fancy and debatable discourse at the negative that stretches from the antebellum period during the Depression.

interpreting writers akin to Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, James Agee, and Richard Wright of their ancient contexts, Jones explores why they succeeded the place literary critics have fallen brief. those authors stated a poverty that was once as aesthetically and culturally major because it used to be socially and materially genuine. They faced the ideological dilemmas of impending poverty whereas giving language to the marginalized poor--the beggars, tramps, sharecroppers, and manufacturing facility staff who shape a power section of yank society. faraway from peripheral, poverty emerges on the middle of nationwide debates approximately social justice, citizenship, and minority identification. And literature turns into a very important software to appreciate an financial and cultural that's without delay pressing and elusive since it cuts around the different types of race, gender, and sophistication through which we conventionally comprehend social difference.

Combining social thought with literary research, American Hungers masterfully brings poverty into the mainstream serious idiom.

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