Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224809
Authors: 
Aberbach, David
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series 17-183
Abstract: 
The notion of the 'holy poor' ceased to figure significantly in the literature of most developed countries after World War II but continues to resonate in countries where poverty is widespread and the Church has grown. This paper explores 1. the origins of the 'holy poor' in the Hebrew Bible, and its consequent betrayals and survivals; 2. the discrepancy between the image of the poor in English Poor Law and English literature from Shakespeare to Orwell; and 3. the continuing relevance of Scripture to literature on the poor in post-1945 developing countries, in Nigeria (Achebe), South Africa (Coetzee), Egypt (Mahfouz), and Brazil (Lispector).
Subjects: 
Poverty
English Poor Law
Nigeria
South Africa
Egypt
Brazil
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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