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Breaking histories of silence and invisibility, Wall Tappings presents an international collection of women's writings, from prisons around the world and across centuries. These are the marginal texts in a tradition of marginal texts,” writes Judith A. Scheffler in introducing her groundbreaking anthology of writing by women prisoners. Unique in its geographic and historical ranges, this rich collection gives a voice to women whose stories have been long neglected. Speaking from settings as diverse as a Roman prison cell in 203 AD, the labor camps of Siberia in the 1930s, and a Philippines prison in the 1980s, these writers explore the ways in which actual incarceration rests in the shadow of imprisonment within larger society.
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Judith A. Scheffler taught at West Chester University for thirty years, and her scholarly writing has appeared in a number of anthologies and edited collections, including the Heath Anthology of American Literature, the Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography, Prose and Cons: New Essays on U.S. Prison Literature, and Women, Writing, and Prison: Activists, Scholars, and Writers Speak Out.
This updated, expanded version of the original collection brings a global perspective to the growing trend of using imprisonment to solve social problems. This edition offers more than 30 selections from women imprisoned in a variety of nations--democratic and totalitarian, rich and poor, including Argentina, Chile, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iran, the Philippines, South Africa, and the U.S. The collection includes autobiographies, memoirs, letters, diaries, essays, fiction, poetry, and drama. Many of the women are political prisoners, and many are at risk of torture and sexual violence in prison. The collection is organized thematically into six parts--women's efforts to oppose misogyny, their causes and beliefs, views on prison conditions, coping strategies, effects of imprisonment on family relationships, and solidarity among sister prisoners--with selections arranged chronologically. From a woman writing from a Roman prison cell in 203 A.D. to women currently incarcerated in the U.S., this collection profoundly merges women's and prison writing to convey a struggle for self-definition and the survival of human dignity, and how writing helped them nurture their spirits. Vanessa Bush
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Book Description The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1558612734
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Book Description The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1558612734