Premises and Concepts
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The chapter points out the shifts in the British literary marketplace resulting from its commercialisation since the 1990s and asks about the place of poverty-themed texts on this market. It develops the concept of “figuration”, which serves as a conceptual anchor for the study’s analytical questions and categories. The literary figuration of poverty takes place at various textual levels and concerns the portrayal of characters and environments as well as formal elements such as perspective and voice. Agency is identified as a key element in the literary representation of poverty.
Keywordsagency articulation figuration perspective visibility voice
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