Korte and Zipp establish that poverty and inequality have gained a new public presence in the United Kingdom. At a time of social cuts, new austerity measures and a rhetoric about “Broken Britain”, poverty is present in the public imagination, and it is visible in the streets of British cities. Literature, and particularly narrative literature, can (re-)configure how people think, feel and behave in relation to poverty. This makes the analysis of poverty-themed fiction an important aspect in the new transdisciplinary field of poverty studies.


inequality poverty studies representation of poverty social imaginary 


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© Barbara Korte and Georg Zipp 2014

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  • Barbara Korte
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