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Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women's Prisons

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"An interesting and provocative read. . . . Serves as a call to action."

-Feminist Review "Break[s] significant new ground. . . . A most original scholarly work. . . . [Sweeney's] research method and analysis are meticulous; the book is enlivened by the frank and often surprising remarks of her subjects."

-Women's Review of Books "Putting bias aside, Sweeney listens carefully while women explain what the books . . . mean to them."

-The Christian Century "Sweeney amplifies voices that are rarely heard and contributes understanding and thought from which ideas for the future can be drawn."

-Make/Shift "Riveting. . . . Reading is My Window is not just a stellar example of the history and ethnography of reading--though it is that. It is also a point of entry into a world with which many Americans have no direct contact. . . . This book represents terrifically important scholarship and compelling, passionate activism, and it deserves a wide readership among people who care about books, and people who care about racism, political economy, justice, social change, and citizenship in the United States."

-Books & Culture "This important book represents a significant contribution to interdisciplinary research focused on women prisoners' reading habits and attempts at self-education and improvement."

-Library Journal "In Sweeney's narrative, the autonomy and strength of prison women compel attention and respect. . . . Recommended."

-Choice

Synopsis:

Drawing on extensive interviews with ninety-four women prisoners, Megan Sweeney examines how incarcerated women use available reading materials to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures.

Synopsis:

Sweeney examines how incarcerated women read three popular genres of books-- narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books--to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures. She outlines the history of reading and education in U.S. prisons, highlighting how the increasing dehumanization of prisoners has resulted in diminished prison libraries and restricted opportunities for reading.

About the Author

Megan Sweeney is assistant professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807871003
Author:
Sweeney, Megan
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Women prisoners -- United States.
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
African American women - Books and reading
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
mis lit
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
akes; Wally Lamb; The Glass Castle; Jeannette Walls; urban fiction; autobiography; ghetto lit;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
women prisoners; incarceration; race and incarceration; gender and incarceration; prison; prison; prison librarian; Pell Grants for prisons; Penal policy; freedom to read; Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks; Penal education; ethnography; genre; genre fiction;
Subject:
; gangsta lit; Nick Chiles; Triple Crown Publications; Vicki Stringer; Let That Be the Reason; African American literature; G-Spot; Candy Licker; Dutch; Danielle Santiago; Nicki Turner; ICOPA; Ruth Morris; Toni Morrison; European Prison rules; Kevin Warne
Subject:
Women prisoners
Subject:
incarceration
Subject:
race and incarceration
Subject:
gender and incarceration
Subject:
Prison
Subject:
prison librarian
Subject:
Pell Grants for prisons
Subject:
Penal policy
Subject:
freedom to read
Subject:
Supreme Court /Beard v. Banks
Subject:
Penal education
Subject:
Ethnography
Subject:
Genre
Subject:
genre fiction
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
history of the book
Subject:
Cultural Studies
Subject:
reader response
Subject:
reception studies
Subject:
book groups
Subject:
Book clubs
Subject:
Department of Corrections
Subject:
Ohio
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
True Crime
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
radical prisoners
Subject:
George Jackson
Subject:
Dylan Rodriguez
Subject:
Angela Davis
Subject:
convict lease system
Subject:
thirteenth amendment
Subject:
penitentiary
Subject:
slavery and incarceration
Subject:
private prisons
Subject:
prison abolitionism
Subject:
prison industrial complex
Subject:
Michael Warner
Subject:
uncritical thinking
Subject:
Therapy
Subject:
counseling in prisons
Subject:
Bibliography
Subject:
Sadie Peterson Delaney
Subject:
Erica Cummins
Subject:
Herman Spector
Subject:
James Patterson
Subject:
Danielle Steel
Subject:
Janet Evanovich
Subject:
Addiction
Subject:
Silence
Subject:
victimization
Subject:
Sexual abuse.
Subject:
Rape
Subject:
sexual violence in prisons
Subject:
sentimentality
Subject:
Intersubjectivity
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Violence against women
Subject:
Wendy Brown
Subject:
Injury
Subject:
Renee Heberle
Subject:
Sharon Marcus
Subject:
Gayl Jones
Subject:
Eva s Man
Subject:
T. D. Jakes
Subject:
Wally Lamb
Subject:
The Glass Castle
Subject:
Jeannette Walls
Subject:
Urban fiction
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
ghetto lit
Subject:
gangsta lit
Subject:
Nick Chiles
Subject:
Triple Crown Publications
Subject:
Vicki Stringer
Subject:
Let That Be the Reason
Subject:
African American Literature
Subject:
G spot.
Subject:
Candy Licker
Subject:
Dutch
Subject:
Danielle Santiago
Subject:
Nicki Turner
Subject:
ICOPA
Subject:
Ruth Morris
Subject:
Toni Morrison
Subject:
European Prison rules
Subject:
Kevin Warner
Subject:
Anne Frank
Subject:
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Subject:
Saving the Modern Soul
Subject:
Evangelism in prison
Subject:
Joyce Meyer
Subject:
Self-help
Subject:
Devil
Subject:
religion in prison
Subject:
Robert Greene
Subject:
Rhonda Byrne
Subject:
WOM
Subject:
en prisoners
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
in prison
Subject:
Tripl
Subject:
e Crown Publications
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on extensive interviews with ninety-four women prisoners, Megan Sweeney examines how incarcerated women use available reading materials to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures.

"Synopsis" by , Sweeney examines how incarcerated women read three popular genres of books-- narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books--to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures. She outlines the history of reading and education in U.S. prisons, highlighting how the increasing dehumanization of prisoners has resulted in diminished prison libraries and restricted opportunities for reading.

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