American hungers : the problem of poverty in U.S. literature, 1840-1945 / by Gavin Jones.
By: Jones, Gavin Roger.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.20/21: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2008Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 228 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0691127530; 9780691127538; 9781400831913; 1400831911; 1282453149; 9781282453142; 0691143315; 9780691143316.Subject(s): Literature and society -- United States -- History | Poverty in literature | Social classes in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: American hungers.DDC classification: 810.9/355 LOC classification: PS217.P67 | J66 2008Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Preface; INTRODUCTION: The Problem of Poverty in Literary Criticism; ONE: Beggaring Description: Herman Melville and Antebellum Poverty Discourse; TWO: Being Poor in the Progressive Era: Dreiser and Wharton on the Pauper Problem; THREE: The Depression in Black and White: Agee, Wright, and the Aesthetics of Damage; CONCLUSION; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite recent interest in representations of the lower classes and the marginalized. These insights lay the groundwork for American Hungers, in which Jones uncovers a complex and controversial discourse on the poor that stretches from the antebellum era through the Depression. Reading writers such as Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, James Agee, and Richard Wright in their hi.