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The Resource Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film, Peter Caster

Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film, Peter Caster

Label
Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film
Title
Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film
Statement of responsibility
Peter Caster
Title variation
Prisons, race and masculinity in twentieth-century United States literature and film
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Prisons, Race, and Masculinity, Peter Caster demonstrates the centrality of imprisonment in American culture, illustrating how incarceration, an institution inseparable from race, has shaped and continues to shape U.S. history and literature in the starkest expression of what W. E. B. DuBois famously termed "the problem of the color line." A prison official in 1888 declared that it was the freeing of slaves that actually created prisons: "we had to establish means for their control. Hence came the penitentiary." Such rampant racism contributed to the criminalization of black masculinity in the cultural imagination, shaping not only the identity of prisoners (collectively and individually) but also America's national character. Caster analyzes the representations of imprisonment in books, films, and performances, alternating between history and fiction to describe how racism influenced imprisonment during the decline of lynching in the 1930s, the political radicalism in the late 1960s, and the unprecedented prison expansion through the 1980s and 1990s. Offering new interpretations of familiar works by William Faulkner, Eldridge Cleaver, and Norman Mailer, Caster also engages recent films such as American History X, The Hurricane, and The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison alongside prison history chronicled in the transcripts of the American Correctional Association. This book offers a compelling account of how imprisonment has functioned as racial containment, a matter critical to U.S. history and literary study
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1972-
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Caster, Peter
Dewey number
810.9/3556
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.I66
LC item number
C37 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Black performance and cultural criticism
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imprisonment in literature
  • American literature
  • Imprisonment in motion pictures
  • Masculinity in literature
  • Masculinity in motion pictures
  • African Americans
  • Motion pictures and literature
  • American literature
  • Executions and executioners in literature
Label
Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film, Peter Caster
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) 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
Imprisonment in U.S. history and the cultural imagination -- Literary execution: race, crime, and punishment in three Faulkner novels -- Soul on ice, schizoanalysis, and the subject of imprisonment -- The executioner's song and the narration of history -- The contradictions of documentary realism in American history X -- "Based upon a true story": the hurricane and the problem of prison redemption -- The farm: "This is no dream or nothing made up, this is for real" -- Staging prisons and the performance of history
Control code
167500676
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 279 pages
Isbn
9780814210734
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007034428
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)167500676
Label
Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film, Peter Caster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) 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
Imprisonment in U.S. history and the cultural imagination -- Literary execution: race, crime, and punishment in three Faulkner novels -- Soul on ice, schizoanalysis, and the subject of imprisonment -- The executioner's song and the narration of history -- The contradictions of documentary realism in American history X -- "Based upon a true story": the hurricane and the problem of prison redemption -- The farm: "This is no dream or nothing made up, this is for real" -- Staging prisons and the performance of history
Control code
167500676
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 279 pages
Isbn
9780814210734
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007034428
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)167500676

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