Narrating the Prison: Role and Representation in Charles Dickens' Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film

by Jan Alber


“A valuable contribution to ongoing scholarly discussions of the relationship between formal narrative devices and ideology … this is a highly readable, very compelling study of the cultural and political underpinnings of narrative form.” – Style

“While Dickens and other realists fancied society itself as one big prison and the latter as a microcosm of the former, a significant number of authors and movie directors closer to our time appear to buy into the notion of prison as ‘social necessity’ and violent arena that retroactively legitimates our apprehensions and further shores up ‘consensus’ around the dominant correctional mindset. For sure, these are all controversial problems of urgent interest inside and outside the academy. Narrating the Prison deals with them systematically, without preconceptions. Thoroughly researched, the book sheds refreshing light on prison literature and film.” – Professor Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

"Almost formalistic in its exhaustive analysis...Alber carefully examines the experience of imprisonment as these narratives present it to those who have not been incarcerated. Recommended." - CHOICE


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