Pane e pace. Jane Addams lettrice di Tolstoj

Author/s Bruna Bianchi
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/74 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 46-61 File size 107 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2022-074004
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The essay reconstructs the influence of Tolstoj’s writings on Jane Addams’ thought since 1881 - when, at the age of 21, she read My Religion - until 1931, when she reflected on the similarity between Gandhi’s message and Tolstoj’s. The essay dwells also on Jane Addams’ visit to the Russian writer at Jasnaja Poljana in 1896 which strengthened her admiration for Tolstoj’s sincerity, moral strength, and commitment. Despite the diffe¬rences in their views on pacifism and nonresistance, Addams and Tolstoj shared a deep confidence in the wisdom of humble people and in the subversive value of ‘bread labor’ in brin¬ging about peace, social, and food justice.

Keywords: Jane Addams, Lev Tolstoj, pacifism, ‘bread labor’, social and food justice

Bruna Bianchi, Pane e pace. Jane Addams lettrice di Tolstoj in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 74/2022, pp 46-61, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2022-074004