Poverty in Contemporary Literature: Themes and Figurations by Barbara Korte;Georg Zipp

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0005  Poverty in Contemporary Literature 1950s. Ever resourceful, my parents went to the local orphanage and made an arrangement to drop us off every day. Cunningly they referred to it as “the Nursery”. Either way, it was a grim, underfunded, state-run institution” (31). Doonan relies on similar tropes and allusions as in other misery writing on poverty, but undermines this by stressing his parents’ inventiveness, and, on the narrative level, through his camp and somewhat unexpected humour. 0005 4 Popular Genre Fiction Abstract: Popular fiction has a special impact on the imagination of poverty because it is accessible and entertaining reading.

The hoarding above the site proclaimed this a LUXURY DEVELOPMENT. 11 This Rebus novel is set at the time of the 2005 G8 summit held in Scotland. In this political scenario, spectacular campaigns to fight world poverty are the target not only of Rebus’s cynicism. 0006  Poverty in Contemporary Literature of sarcasm about the hypocrisy of politicians who declare their outrage at poverty in developing countries but sell weapons to a starving Africa, or pop stars whose campaigns to make poverty history raise money and attention but also increase the celebrities’ popularity and market value.

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