Self in the Cell by Sean C. Grass
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Self in the Cell
By Sean C. Grass

The Self in the Cell

Narrating the Victorian Prisoner

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Self in the Cell by Sean C. Grass

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Michel Foucault's writing about the Panopticon in Discipline and Punish has dominated discussions of the prison and the novel, and recent literary criticism draws heavily from Foucauldian ideas about surveillance to analyze metaphorical forms of confinement: policing, detection, and public scrutiny and censure. But real Victorian prisons and the novels that portray them have few similarities to the Panopticon. Sean Grass provides a necessary alternative to Foucault by tracing the cultural history of the Victorian prison, and pointing to the tangible relations between Victorian confinement and the narrative production of the self. The Self in the Cell examines the ways in which separate confinement prisons, with their demand for autobiographical production, helped to provide an impetus and a model that guided novelists' explorations of the private self in Victorian fiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415943550
ISBN-10: 0415943558
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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