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From the plantation to the prison : African-American confinement literature

Author: Tara T Green
Publisher: Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, ©2008.
Series: Voices of the African diaspora.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This book is an examination of the various forms that African-American imprisonment, as a social, historical, and political experience, has taken. Confinement describes the status of individuals who are placed within boundaries - either seen or unseen - but always felt. A word that suggests extensive implications, confinement describes the status of persons who are imprisoned and who are unjustly relegated to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tara T Green
ISBN: 9780881460902 0881460907
OCLC Number: 154804867
Description: 182 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Identifying the boundaries of confinement --
Writing from no man's land: the Black man's quest for freedom from behind the walls / by Carol E. Henderson --
Lessons before dying: the contemporary confined character-in-process / by Dana A. Williams --
Mind-blown: possibility and trauma in Native son / by Terry Bozeman --
Part II: Confined spaces and places --
Ernest J. Gaines's A lesson before dying: freedom in confined spaces / by Katherine Daley and Carolyn M. Jones --
Doing time in/as "The monster": abject identity in African-American prison literature / by Kimberly Drake --
Faith's fickle covenant: African-American captivity narratives from the Vietnam War / by Jeff Loeb.
Series Title: Voices of the African diaspora.
Responsibility: edited by Tara T. Green.
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"This book is an examination of the various forms that African-American imprisonment, as a social, historical, and political experience, has taken. Confinement describes the status of individuals who are placed within boundaries - either seen or unseen - but always felt. A word that suggests extensive implications, confinement describes the status of persons who are imprisoned and who are unjustly relegated to a social status that is hostile, rendering them powerless and subject to the rules of the authorities. Arguably, confinement appropriately describes the status of African Americans who have endured spaces of confinement, which include, but are not limited to plantations, Jim Crow societies, and prisons. At specific times, these "spaces of confinement" have been used to oppress African Americans socially, politically, and spiritually. Contributors examine the related experiences of Malcolm X, Bigger Thomas of Native Son, and Angela Davis."--BOOK JACKET.

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