Narrating the Prison : Role and Representation in Charles Dickens's Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-30
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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This book investigates the ways in which Charles Dickenss mature fiction, prison novels of the 20th century, and prison films narrate the prison. Alber addresses the significance of prison metaphors in novels and films, and investigates the ideological underpinnings of prison narratives by addressing the question of whether they generate cultural understandings of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the prison.

Author Biography

Jan Alber is an assistant professor at the English Department of the University of Freiburg.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What is a prison?p. 15
The 'old' and the 'new' prison system in Great Britainp. 15
The 'birth' of the penitentiary in the United Statesp. 22
The experience of imprisonmentp. 29
The dark dungeons in Charles Dickens' novels and their film adaptionsp. 37
The prison as all-embracing shadow in Little Dorritp. 37
"I hope you care to be recalled to life?" : incarceration in A tale of two citiesp. 64
The internalization of the prison in Great expectationsp. 81
The experience of imprisonment in prison narratives of the twentieth centuryp. 109
Critical counter-discourse or pro-prison propaganda?p. 109
Narrating prisoners and prison settings in novels and filmsp. 116
The prison as a testing ground for masculinity : the process of becoming an insiderp. 130
The monotonous routine cycle of traditional disciplinary prisonsp. 138
Prison violence and 'homosexual' rape as forms of symbolic 'feminization'p. 145
The prisoner as 'abject' - the madness of the 'hole'p. 149
The guards or the 'other' prisonersp. 156
Prison metaphors in novels and films of the twentieth centuryp. 167
'Positive' and 'negative' metaphors of imprisonmentp. 167
The prison as world - the world as prisonp. 194
Conclusionp. 229
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