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Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Novels


Auli Ek

ISBN 9780415651271
Published May 1, 2013 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of how contemporary American prison narratives reflect and produce ideologies of masculinity in the United States, and in so doing, compellingly engages popular culture in order to demonstrate the profound ways in which implicit understandings of prison life shape all Americans, and their reactions to people both incarcerated and not.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Representing Criminals: An Introduction Chapter One The Future of Imprisonment: Contemporary Science Fiction and Documentary Film Chapter Two African American Prison Autobiography: From Racial to Sexual Politics Chapter Three Divide and Conquer: Racialized Hierarchies in the Contemporary Prison Novel Chapter Four Surveillance and Prisoner Identity: Imprisoned Bodies as the American Other Epilogue: Global Effects of U.S. Discourses of Imprisonment Notes Bibliography Index

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Auli Ek is currently a lecturer in the UC Santa Barbara Writing Program. She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies American Studies Program Fellowship in 1994-95 and the Academy of Finland Fellowship in 1995-1999. Her research interests include African American literature and film, Chicano/a literature, women's literature, and interdisciplinary approaches to race, gender, class, and sexuality in contemporary American cultural texts.