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Reading Prisoners : Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700-1845

By: Schorb, Jodi.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Critical Issues in Crime and Society: Publisher: New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (266 p.).ISBN: 9780813562681.Subject(s): Corrections -- United States -- History | Literacy programs -- United States -- History | Prisoners -- Education -- United States -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Reading Prisoners : Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700-1845DDC classification: 365.666097309032 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Series Page ""; ""Title Page ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction. A Is for Aardvark""; ""Part One. Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century “Gaol�""; ""1. Books Behind Bars""; ""2. Crime, Ink""; ""Part Two. Literacy in the Early Penitentiary""; ""3. “What Shall a Convict Do?�""; ""4. Written by One Who Knows""; ""Afterword. Good Convict, Good Citizen?""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""About the Author""
Summary: Shining new light on early American prison literature-from its origins in last words, dying warnings, and gallows literature to its later works of autobiography, exposé, and imaginative literature-Reading Prisoners weaves together insights about the rise of the early American penitentiary, the history of early American literacy instruction, and the transformation of crime writing in the "long" eighteenth century. Looking first at colonial America-an era often said to devalue jailhouse literacy-Jodi Schorb reveals that in fact this era launched the literate prisoner into public prominence. Crim
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""Series Page ""; ""Title Page ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction. A Is for Aardvark""; ""Part One. Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century “Gaol�""; ""1. Books Behind Bars""; ""2. Crime, Ink""; ""Part Two. Literacy in the Early Penitentiary""; ""3. “What Shall a Convict Do?�""; ""4. Written by One Who Knows""; ""Afterword. Good Convict, Good Citizen?""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""About the Author""

Shining new light on early American prison literature-from its origins in last words, dying warnings, and gallows literature to its later works of autobiography, exposé, and imaginative literature-Reading Prisoners weaves together insights about the rise of the early American penitentiary, the history of early American literacy instruction, and the transformation of crime writing in the "long" eighteenth century. Looking first at colonial America-an era often said to devalue jailhouse literacy-Jodi Schorb reveals that in fact this era launched the literate prisoner into public prominence. Crim

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JODI SCHORB is an assistant professor of English at the University of Florida.nbsp;

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