Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons
The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment
By (author) Martha Grace Duncan
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Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons by Martha Grace Duncan
Book DescriptionAn ex-convict struggles with his addictive yearning for prison. A law-abiding citizen broods over his pleasure in violent, illegal acts. A prison warden loses his job because he is so successful in rehabilitating criminals. These are but a few of the intriguing stories Martha Grace Duncan examines in her bold, interdisciplinary book Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons. Duncan writes: "This is a book about paradoxes and mingled yarns - about the bright sides of dark events, the silver linings of sable clouds." She portrays upright citizens who harbor a strange liking for criminal deeds, and criminals who conceive of prison in positive terms: as a nurturing mother, an academy, a matrix of spiritual rebirth, or a refuge from life's trivia. In developing her unique vision, Duncan draws on literature, history, psychoanalysis, and law. Her work reveals a nonutopian world in which criminals and non-criminals--while injuring each other in obvious ways--nonetheless live together in a symbiotic as well as an adversarial relationship, needing each other, serving each other, enriching each other's lives in profound and surprising fashion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814718810
(5830mm x 3895mm x 19mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Martha Grace Duncan
Martha Grace Duncan is Professor of Law at Emory University. She earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and a law degree from Yale Law School, where she was Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was a post-doctoral candidate at NYU Psychoanalytic Institute at New York University Medical Center.
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