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The Science of Starving in Victorian Literature, Medicine, and Political Economy$
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Andrew Mangham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198850038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198850038.001.0001

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The Science of Starving in Victorian Literature, Medicine, and Political Economy
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Andrew Mangham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850038.003.0006

This concluding chapter considers the relevance of the Victorian way of thinking to the modern world. The financial crisis of 2007–8, and the resultant austerity, has lead to a resurgence of ‘Victorian’ health afflictions. In recent years we have seen a re-emergence of hunger as a humanitarian problem in the West. Neoliberalism and austerity are iterations of a conservative way of thinking that has been with us at least as far back as the New Poor Law. This chapter considers what we might learn from Kingsley, Gaskell, and Dickens, and from their intersections with nineteenth-century starvation science.

Keywords:   Poverty, hunger, Victorian novel, social-problem literature, austerity

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