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The story within us : women prisoners reflect on reading

Author: Megan Sweeney
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading features in-depth, oral interviews with eleven incarcerated women, each of whom offers a narrative of her life and her reading experiences within prison walls. The women share powerful stories about their complex and diverse efforts to negotiate difficult relationships, exercise agency in restrictive circumstances, and find meaning and beauty in the midst of  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Megan Sweeney
ISBN: 9780252037146 0252037146 9780252078675 0252078675 9780252094255 0252094255
OCLC Number: 781278964
Description: x, 273 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Mildred --
Life Narrative: "Society is coming to prison" 11 --
Reading Narrative: "I have discovered a love for the law" 16 --
2 Sissy --
Life Narrative: "There's a time to be silent, and there's a time not to" 23 --
Reading Narrative: "If you can't relate to it, then read about it" 33 --
3 Olivia --
Life Narrative: "It was a bad road that I was on" 45 --
Reading Narrative: "If I'm going through a struggle, I know that's the book to go find" 50 --
4 Denise --
Life Narrative: "I can't even imagine my day without a mall" 59 --
Reading Narrative: "Who is this writing books that knows the things I know?!" 73 --
5 Bobbie --
Life Narrative: "I've been overcoming all my life" 92 --
Reading Narrative: "Everybody don't end up with a prince" 97 --
6 Melissa --
Life Narrative: "They're trying to brainwash me and rebuild me" 105 --
Reading Narrative: "From her life story to mine is not that much difference" 118 --
7 Valhalla --
Life Narrative: "I've been like a ball that someone threw and I've been bouncing around ever since" 129 --
Reading Narrative: "The books I've read are like my friends" 139 --
8 Jacqueline --
Life Narrative: "I refuse to be another statistic" 147 --
Reading Narrative: "I wanted his strength to jump out of the pages into my life!" 154 --
9 Audrey --
Life Narrative: "That's a chapter that's closed" 161 --
Reading Narrative: "What fueled this fire for the fire to come all the way over to here?" 176 --
10 Deven --
Life Narrative: "Society, it's a boys' club still" 180 --
Reading Narrative: "I need to know what's gonna happen next!" 184 --
11 Solo --
Life Narrative: "That's a soul that you're stepping on" 197 --
Reading Narrative: "Freedom for me was an evolution, not a revolution" 211.
Responsibility: edited by Megan Sweeney.

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"A powerful addition to prison literature that will interest scholars of feminist criminology, prison studies, English, women's studies, sociology, and ethnic studies. While other anthologies feature Read more...

 
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