America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the by Lee Bernstein

By Lee Bernstein

within the Nineteen Seventies, whereas politicians and activists outdoors prisons debated the right kind reaction to crime, incarcerated humans contributed to shaping these debates even though a vast diversity of exceptional political and literary writings.

Lee Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic "prison artwork renaissance," laying off gentle on how incarcerated humans produced strong works of writing, functionality, and visible artwork. those incorporated every little thing from George Jackson's progressive Soledad Brother to Miguel Pinero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood movie Short Eyes. a rare diversity of criminal programs--fine arts, theater, secondary schooling, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners to persuade the Black Arts stream, the Nuyorican writers, "New Journalism," and political theater, one of the most vital aesthetic contributions of the last decade.

By the Nineteen Eighties and '90s, prisoners' academic and creative courses have been scaled again or eradicated because the "war on crime" escalated. yet via then those prisoners' phrases had crossed over the wall, supporting many americans to reconsider the which means of the partitions themselves and, finally, the that means of the society that produced them.

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