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  1. The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading
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  2. The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading

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The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading features in-depth, oral interviews with eleven incarcerated women, each of whom offers a narrative of her life and her reading experiences within prison walls. The women share powerful stories about their complex and diverse efforts to negotiate difficult relationships, exercise agency in restrictive circumstances, and find meaning and beauty in the midst of pain. Their shared emphases on abuse, poverty, addiction, and mental illness illuminate the pathways that lead many women to prison and suggest possibilities for addressing the profound social problems that fuel crime.

 

Framing the narratives within an analytic introduction and reflective afterword, Megan Sweeney highlights the crucial intellectual work that the incarcerated women perform despite myriad restrictions on reading and education in U.S. prisons. These women use the limited reading materials available to them as sources of guidance and support and as tools for self-reflection and self-education. Through their creative engagements with books, the women learn to reframe their own life stories, situate their experiences in relation to broader social patterns, deepen their understanding of others, experiment with new ways of being, and maintain a sense of connection with their fellow citizens on both sides of the prison fence.


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Specifications

Country
USA
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780252094255
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
University of Illinois Press
Manufacturer
University of Illinois Press
NumberOfPages
288
PublicationDate
2012-09-15
Publisher
University of Illinois Press
ReleaseDate
2012-09-15
Studio
University of Illinois Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Every author on a book tour should be required to visit a prison to give a reading and participate in a discussion. Some of the women prisoners in this book would be a challenging audience indeed for a writer. One woman states she "can't stand a book that just lies there".

The chapters are oral history excerpts of eleven incarcerated women. Many women in prison are illiterate or nearly so but there are also dedicated readers. Some may read to escape their environment and circumstances so they read romance novels, "urban" novels, science fiction, and mysteries. Others read for different reasons - "I want a book to stay with me. I want it to impact me. I want it to make me think. I want it to change something about the way I view tomorrow." Tough standard to meet for many writers.

Each chapter of this book is broken into two sections - one section consists of excerpts from conversations with the woman about her life and what brought... Read more
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