Hunger and Self-Fashioning in Richard Wright’s Black Boy and Knut Hamsun’s Sult

Daniel Rees

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Despite their obvious differences in style, setting, and literary background, Richard Wright’s novel Black Boy and Knut Hamsun’s Sult share a marked similarity in their contemplation of hunger as both a social and existential issue. This matter is one that is bound up with the creation and understanding of self-fashioning and identity, as related through the subjective perceptions and experiences of the narrator.

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