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Fall 2020 LIT 499-05 Life Sentences

Seminar in Research and Theory:  “life sentences: The Literature of the Prison”
Professor Michele Tarter
Course Meetings: Wednesdays 8-10:50 AM

America has become known as the “Incarceration Nation,” imprisoning more people than any other country in the world. Interdisciplinary in nature, this seminar will explore literature by and about prisoners, and address such themes as confinement, slavery and oppression, and most importantly, the power of the written word.  We will consider many disciplines as we approach these materials: gender, criminology, psychology, sociology, and, most notably, literary analysis. Together, we will turn to this groundbreaking, provocative material written by one of the most neglected, silenced, but all-too-critical sectors of our population– the incarcerated.