Teaching Literature and Writing in Prisons
Published by: Modern Language Association of America
Sales Date: 2023-10-13
Published: October 2023
Page Count: 336 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
336 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
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As the work of Malcolm X, Angela Y. Davis, and others has made clear, education in prison has enabled people to rethink systems of oppression. Courses in reading and writing help incarcerated students feel a sense of community, examine the past and present, and imagine a better future. Yet incarcerated students often lack the resources, materials, information, and opportunity to pursue their coursework, and training is not always available for those who teach incarcerated students. This volume will aid both new and experienced instructors by providing strategies for developing courses, for creating supportive learning environments, and for presenting and publishing incarcerated students' scholarly and creative work. It also suggests approaches to self-care designed to help instructors sustain their work. Essays incorporate the perspectives of both incarcerated and nonincarcerated teachers and students, centering critical prison studies scholarship and abolitionist perspectives.
This volume contains discussion of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Live from Death Row, Marita Bonner's The Purple Flower, Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Othello.
"This is the first anthology about teaching in prison that is openly written from an abolitionist perspective. A valuable addition to the discourse." ?Victoria Law, author of "Prisons Make Us Safer" and Twenty Other Myths about Mass Incarceration