Prison Literature

Joe Lockard
Arizona State University
Discipline(s): English
Syllabus Last Updated: 
January, 2014

This course employs a selection of US and world literature to trace prison literature as an integral feature of literary and rhetorical history; as a vehicle for civil disobedience; as exposition of socially concealed worlds; as a site of gender and sexual consciousness; as resistant political autobiography and demand for expressive autonomy; and as a feature of everyday life in the US Southwest.  We will conclude the course with a collaborative practicum in which students will critique writing from currently-serving prisoners in Arizona and New Mexico.