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Unlocking the Prison Muse: the inspirations and effects of prisoners' writing in Britain

 

Title:

Unlocking the Prison Muse: the inspirations and effects of prisoners' writing in Britain

Author:

Julian Broadhead

Edition:

Binding:

Paperback

Publisher:

Liverpool Academic Press

Date:

07/30/2006

ISBN:

1903499267

9781903499269


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£19.95


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Unlocking the Prison Muse: the inspirations and effects of prisoners' writing in Britain - Julian Broadhead
 
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From Oscar Wilde to John McVicar, Jimmy Boyle to Jeffrey Archer and Noel ‘Razor’ Smith, Unlocking The Prison Muse: The inspirations and effects of prisoners' writing in Britainexamines the history, the inspirations and the effects of prisoners’ writing in Britain – on rehabilitation, on wider society, on penal policy and on victims.

The author has interviewed many of the leading prison writers, as well as judges, criminologists, penal reformers and well-known novelists whose work has delved into criminal values. He considers the morality of convicted criminals profiting by writing about their crimes, the inconsistent attitude of the authorities to censorship, and what prisoners’ writing can tell us that reports by government and the media cannot.

At a time when prisons and prisoners are rarely out of the news,
Unlocking The Prison Muse is the first book of its kind – a guide to and analysis of a hitherto neglected genre of prisoners’ autobiography, memoir, fiction, poetry and drama.

The book will make an excellent addition to any course material in the vast subject of Criminology, and can act as a reference work for course coordinators, students and lecturers. For experts in the field, and for those hoping to expand their knowledge, this is a fascinating book to add to private collections.


Table of Contents:


Prologue
1] The Governor Was Strong upon the Regulations Act

2] Life Stories

3] Facts, Fictions, Poems and Plays

4] Inner Forces

5] Time and Opportunity

6] Inhibitions

7] Effects

8] Those Who Oppose

9] Epilogue

Bibliography

Footnote Reference

Index



Author Information:


The author, Julian Broadhead, was the co-founder and editor of Prison Writing journal from 1992-2002. A probation officer for almost twenty-five years, he has been a regular contributor to the New Law Journal since 1992 and has also written for The Times. In 2002 he was awarded a Cropwood Fellowship at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, where he began the research that led to Unlocking The Prison Muse.

 
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