Compassion or Mockery? Visualization of Pain and Suffering of the Poor in the British Popular Prints of the 18th — Early 19th Century
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Compassion or Mockery? Visualization of Pain and Suffering of the Poor in the British Popular Prints of the 18th — Early 19th Century
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S207987840009764-9-1
DOI
10.18254/S207987840009764-9
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Authors
Yulia Barlova 
Affiliation: Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Yaroslavl region
Address: Russian Federation, Yaroslavl
Abstract

The image of the poor in the socio-cultural space of the early Modern Britain was construed by both verbal and visual means, and the latter was represented by popular prints. The article offers an analysis of visual images of poverty as a phenomenon and the poor as a social category. The author concludes that the same visual signs of pain and suffering could carry various messages, thus marking different positions in the debate on poverty and poor relief. The British society tended to view the signs of the suffering of the poor within the accepted discourse based on Protestant values, which saw the poor as “the Other”, set in opposition to the “worthy” people. This blurred the focus on pain and suffering and even allowed for irony in connection to the poor, and in some cases — an open mockery of human suffering and deficiencies.

Keywords
Britain, early Modern period, poverty, popular prints, visual representation, Protestant ethics
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13.02.2020
Publication date
12.06.2020
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