Classics and Prison Education in the US
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This volume focuses on teaching Classics in carceral contexts in the US and offers an overview of the range of incarcerated adults, their circumstances, and the ways in which they are approaching and reinterpreting Greek and Roman texts.
Classics and Prison Education in the US examines how different incarcerated adults – male, female, or gender non-conforming; young or old; serving long sentences or about to be released – are reading and discussing Classical texts and what this may entail. Moreover it provides a sophisticated examination of the best pedagogical practices for teaching in a prison setting and for preparing returning citizens, as well as a considered discussion of the possible dangers of engaging in such teaching – whether because of the potential complicity with the carceral state, or because of the historical position of Classics in elitist education.
This edited volume will be a unique and invaluable resource to those studying the practice of teaching Classics, as well as the role that Classics can play in different areas of society and education, and the impact it can have.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Emilio Capettini and Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz
PART 1: OLD TEXTS, NEW CLASSROOMS
Reading the Emotions Inside and Outside: Classical Greek Texts in Prison and Beyond
"Because We’ve Done Bad Things": Reading the Homeric Hymn to Demeter in Prison
Dialogic Pedagogy as a Model for Teaching Classics in Prison
Nancy Felson and Nebojša Todorović
Surmises and Surprises: Notes on Teaching Ancient Greek Literature in a Correctional Facility
Amy E. Johnson and Laura M. Slatkin
Inside Out: Classical Myth in a County Jail
From Family Violence to Civic Order: Ancient Myths and Modern Theory in a Medium-Security Prison
PART 2: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Teaching Ovid to Incarcerated Students: An Experiential Analysis
Nicole Dib and Olga Faccani
A Poetics of Performance Liberation: A Conversation about The Odyssey Project
Zachary Price and Michael Morgan
PART 3: CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND THE ACADEMY
Returning Citizens and the Responsibility of the Academy: Teaching in Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative
Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Racing and Gendering Classical Mythology in the Incarcerated Classroom
Elena Dugan and Mathura Umachandran
Critical Perspectives on Prison Pedagogy and Classics
Emilio Capettini is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. His scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici, Classical Quarterly, Mnemosyne, and the American Journal of Philology.
Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, USA. Her publications include Anxiety Veiled: Euripides and the Traffic in Women and Greek Tragedy and many co-edited volumes, including Sex in Antiquity (Routledge, 2014) and From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom.