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Cruel and Unusual: Punishment and U.S. Culture

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment and U.S. Culture (Hardback)

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From the excesses of Puritan patriarchs to the barbarism of slavery and on into the prison-industrial complex, punishment in the US has a long and gruesome history. In the post-Vietnam era, the prison population has increased tenfold and the death penalty has enjoyed a renaissance. Cruel and Unusual offers an exploration of the history of punishment as mediated in American culture. Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory, psychoanalysis and Foucault's influential work on discipline, Brian Jarvis examines a range of cultural texts, from seventeenth century execution sermons to twenty-first century prison films, to uncover the politics, economics and erotics of punishment. This wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey constructs a genealogy of cruelty through close reading of novels by Hawthorne and Melville, fictional accounts of the Rosenberg execution by Coover and Doctorow, slave narratives and prison writings by African Americans and the critically neglected genre of American prison films.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referencePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPenology & punishmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Pluto Press Publication Date: 20/01/2004 ISBN-13: 9780745315430  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 23/01/2004.  

Brian Jarvis lectures in American Literature at Loughborough University. This is his first book.

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