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The Resource From slave ship to Supermax : mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel, Patrick Elliot Alexander

From slave ship to Supermax : mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel, Patrick Elliot Alexander

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From slave ship to Supermax : mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel
Title
From slave ship to Supermax
Title remainder
mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Elliot Alexander
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In his cogent and groundbreaking book, From Slave Ship to Supermax, Patrick Elliot Alexander argues that the disciplinary logic and violence of slavery haunt depictions of the contemporary U.S. prison in late twentieth-century Black fiction. Alexander links representations of prison life in James Baldwin's novel If Beale Street Could Talk to his engagements with imprisoned intellectuals like George Jackson, who exposed historical continuities between slavery and mass incarceration. Likewise, Alexander reveals how Toni Morrison's Beloved was informed by Angela Y. Davis's jail writings on slavery-reminiscent practices in contemporary women's facilities. Alexander also examines recurring associations between slave ships and prisons in Charles Johnson's Middle Passage, and connects slavery's logic of racialized premature death to scenes of death row imprisonment in Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying. Alexander ultimately makes the case that contemporary Black novelists depict racial terror as a centuries-spanning social control practice that structured carceral life on slave ships and slave plantations-and that mass-produces prisoners and prisoner abuse in post-Civil Rights America. These authors expand free society's view of torment confronted and combated in the prison industrial complex, where discriminatory laws and the institutionalization of secrecy have reinstated slavery's system of dehumanization
Cataloging source
DLC
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1983-
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Alexander, Patrick Elliot
Dewey number
813/.5409896073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
A3985 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African American prisoners
  • Imprisonment in literature
  • Slave trade in literature
  • African American prisoners
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Imprisonment in literature
  • Slave trade in literature
Label
From slave ship to Supermax : mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel, Patrick Elliot Alexander
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: antipanoptic expressivity and the new neo-slave novel -- Talking in George Jackson's shadow: neoslavery, police intimidation, and imprisoned intellectualism in Baldwin's If Beale Street could talk -- Middle passage reinstated: whispers from the women's prison in Morrison's Beloved -- "Didn't I say this was worse than prison?": the slave ship-Supermax relation in Johnson's Middle passage -- "Tell them I'm a man": slavery's vestiges and imprisoned radical intellectualism in Gaines's A lesson before dying -- Epilogue: the prison classroom and the neo-abolitionist novel
Control code
982091731
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9781439914151
Lccn
2017012896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982091731
Label
From slave ship to Supermax : mass incarceration, prisoner abuse, and the new neo-slave novel, Patrick Elliot Alexander
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: antipanoptic expressivity and the new neo-slave novel -- Talking in George Jackson's shadow: neoslavery, police intimidation, and imprisoned intellectualism in Baldwin's If Beale Street could talk -- Middle passage reinstated: whispers from the women's prison in Morrison's Beloved -- "Didn't I say this was worse than prison?": the slave ship-Supermax relation in Johnson's Middle passage -- "Tell them I'm a man": slavery's vestiges and imprisoned radical intellectualism in Gaines's A lesson before dying -- Epilogue: the prison classroom and the neo-abolitionist novel
Control code
982091731
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9781439914151
Lccn
2017012896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982091731

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