Versions of the pastoral - poverty and the poor in english fiction from the 1840s to the 1950s

Kumar, Kanta (1995) Versions of the pastoral - poverty and the poor in english fiction from the 1840s to the 1950s. Journal of Historical Sociology , 8 (1). pp. 1-35. ISSN 0952-1909 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Fictional treatment of the poor has varied with changing perceptions of their position and role in English society. In part these perceptions have been affected by the social locations of the writers. But this essay argues that a major determinant of the treatment of the poor has been the inheritance of a pastoral tradition of viewing them. Writers have largely worked within this tradition. Only in the 1930s was a determined attempt made to break out of it. This failed, and after the war fiction gradually abandoned its efforts to deal with the poor, preferring to leave that to the newer media of film and television.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Document Type: Proceedings Paper
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2009 13:23
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 11:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19322 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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