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Caleb Smith is Associate Professor of English at Yale University. Series: Yale Studies in English.

Caleb Smith is Associate Professor of English at Yale University.

Caleb Smith is professor of English and American Studies at Yale University and the author of The Oracle and the Curse (2013) and The Prison and the American Imagination (2009). Smith has written about contemporary media and the arts for Avidly, Bomb, Paper Monument, Caleb Smith is professor of English and American Studies at Yale University and the author of The Oracle and the Curse (2013) and The Prison and the American Imagination (2009).

Yale Studies in English. Caleb Smith is Associate Professor of English at Yale University

Yale Studies in English. Caleb Smith is Associate Professor of English at Yale University. A beautifully written and haunting book, The Prison and the American Imagination reorients how we think about the penitentiary, solitary confinement, and the living death of incarceration. With depth and great range, it moves with surety and passion from ancient penance to a transcendentalist aesthetic of solitude to the afterlives of captivity in the twentieth century. Colin Dayan, author of The Story of Cruel and Unusual. In this timely, provocative study, Caleb Smith argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society. In Smith's haunting and incisive work-he writes beautifully-he wonders how a. Through this wonderfully rich historical and literary study, Caleb Smith peers into the heart of the . national imaginary and finds there the prison, with its logics of solitude, captivity, confinement, and mortification. Michael Hardt, Duke University.

The space of the prison is no longer on the margins in relation to societal & but instead acts as an adjunct to the urban environment

The space of the prison is no longer on the margins in relation to societal & but instead acts as an adjunct to the urban environment. With the disappearance of the Gothic prison from the archi-texture of contemporary cities, the meaning conveyed by its façade has lost much of its potency. It is now contemporary prison drama, as opposed to the physical façade, that represents the interface between the public and the prison.

In this timely, provocative study, Caleb Smith argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the .

In this timely, provocative study, Caleb Smith argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society. Exploring legal, political, and literary texts-including the works of Dickinson, Melville, and Emerson-Smith shows how alienation and self-reliance, social death and spiritual rebirth, torture and penitence came together in the prison, a scene for the portrayal of both gothic nightmares and romantic dreams.

American prison literature is literature written by Americans who are incarcerated. It is a distinct literary phenomenon which is increasingly studied as such by academics. In the words of Arnold Erickson: Prison has been a fertile setting for artists, musicians, and writers alike. Prisoners have produced hundreds of works that have encompassed a wide range of literature. ISBN13:9780300171495. Release Date:April 2011. Publisher:Yale University Press.

Автор: Smith, Caleb Название: Prison and the american imagination Издательство: Yale University Press .

Documentary photographs of the artists and quotations from their private letters and journals complement the text and provide a vivid sense of their lives and times.

How did a nation so famously associated with freedom become internationally identified with imprisonment? After the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and in the midst of a dramatically escalating prison population, the question is particularly urgent. In this timely, provocative study, Caleb Smith argues that the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society.

Exploring legal, political, and literary texts—including the works of Dickinson, Melville, and Emerson—Smith shows how alienation and self-reliance, social death and spiritual rebirth, torture and penitence came together in the prison, a scene for the portrayal of both gothic nightmares and romantic dreams. Demonstrating how the “cellular soul” has endured since the antebellum age, The Prison and the American Imagination offers a passionate and haunting critique of the very idea of solitude in American life.


The Prison and the American Imagination (Yale Studies in English) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Caleb Smith
ISBN: 0300141661
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 22, 2009)
Pages: 272 pages