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The prison and the American imagination

Author: Caleb Smith
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
Series: Yale studies in English.
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How did a nation so famously associated with freedom become internationally identified with imprisonment? After the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and in the midst of a dramatically escalating prison population, the question is particularly urgent. In this timely, provocative study, Caleb Smith argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Smith, Caleb, 1977-
Prison and the American imagination.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2009002868
(OCoLC)300463093
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Caleb Smith
ISBN: 9780300156300 0300156308 0300141661 9780300141665
OCLC Number: 586098252
Description: 1 online resource (x, 258 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Civil death and carceral life --
Cadaverous triumphs --
The meaning of solitude --
Captivity and consciousness --
Mississippi voices --
Frontiers of captivity.
Series Title: Yale studies in English.
Responsibility: Caleb Smith.
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Argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society. Exploring legal, political, and literary texts, this book shows how alienation and  Read more...

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