Together, the essays in this issue of American Literature stage what is at stake in how literature understands poverty, elucidating not only the problem of poverty but also, and especially, the problem of how we see it. To see poverty differently, they might conclude, is not only a matter of what we see. It is a matter of reflecting on how we see.
Callahan, Clare E.; Entin, Joseph; Hunt, Irvin; and Nishikawa, Kinohi, "Introduction: How American Literature Understands Poverty" (2022). English Faculty Publications. 160.