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The Self in the Cell By Sean C. Grass

The Self in the Cell by Sean C. Grass

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The Self in the Cell: Narrating the Victorian Prisoner by Sean C. Grass

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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NLS9781138981621
9781138981621
1138981621
The Self in the Cell: Narrating the Victorian Prisoner by Sean C. Grass
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2015-11-27
303
N/A
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