Imprisoned Voices: Rhetorics of Community in Prison Writings Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Lee, Helen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • In this dissertation, I examine contemporary U.S. prison writings of the late twentieth and twenty-first century, namely Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Live from Death Row, and Jimmy Santiago Baca’s A Place to Stand. In this study, I read them as highly political and rhetorical works of protest in which they speak out about the problems of the criminal justice and penal systems. The three writers use their works to not only make visible the obscured space of prison but also bridge spatially and socially separated communities using innovative rhetorical strategies. As I will show, prison writings are works of protest that can be defined by the social work they perform.
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  • Lucas, Ashley
  • Salvaggio, Ruth
  • Anderson, Daniel
  • Danielewicz, Jane
  • Jack, Jordynn
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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