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The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading

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Megan Sweeney
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"The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading" features in-depth, oral interviews with eleven incarcerated women, each of whom offers a narrative of her life and her reading experiences within prison walls. The women share powerful stories about their complex and diverse efforts to negotiate difficult relationships, exercise agency in restrictive circumstances, and find meaning and beauty in the midst of pain. Their shared emphases on abuse, poverty, addiction, and mental illness illuminate the pathways that lead many women to prison and suggest possibilities for addressing the profound social problems that fuel crime. Framing the narratives within an analytic introduction and reflective afterword, Megan Sweeney highlights the crucial intellectual work that the incarcerated women perform despite myriad restrictions on reading and education in U.S. prisons. These women use the limited reading materials available to them as sources of guidance and support and as tools for self-reflection and self-education. Through their creative engagements with books, the women learn to reframe their own life stories, situate their experiences in relation to broader social patterns, deepen their understanding of others, experiment with new ways of being, and maintain a sense of connection with their fellow citizens on both sides of the prison fence.

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  • Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City
  • The Green Shore
  • Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation
  • The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology
  • Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945
  • Writing in Tongues: Translating Yiddish in the Twentieth Century
  • Philadelphia Freedoms: Black American Trauma, Memory, and Culture after King
  • Creative Composition: Preliminary Edition
  • Creative Composition: Preliminary Edition
  • Creative Composition: Preliminary Edition
  • A Student Handbook to the Plays of Arthur Miller
  • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication
  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins
  • The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts
  • Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak
  • San Foucault. Verso un'agiografia gay
  • Essere gay. Identità, stereotipi, cultura
  • The History and Present State of Virginia: A New Edition with an Introduction by Susan Scott Parrish
  • Alive at the Center
  • If a Stranger Approaches You
  • Supplying Salt and Light: Poems
  • The Cineaste: Poems
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tales, A Norton Critical Edition
  • The Ancient Murrelet
  • Fannie + Freddie, The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography
  • Girls I Know
  • American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War
  • The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading
  • Six Months
  • Comparative Early Modernities: 1100-1800
  • Greenhouses, Lighthouses
  • The Cambridge History of the English Novel
  • How to Be Gay
  • The Selvage: Poems
  • Lierature: Craft and Voice (2nd Edition)
  • The Theatre: A Concise History
  • Trauma and Documentary Photography of the FSA
  • Secession
  • The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
  • Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain
  • Breaking and Entering
  • LA VIE DESCRIPTIBLE DE MICHEL FOUCAULT
  • Imagining the Forest Narratives of Michigan and the Upper Midwest
  • Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature
  • Marginalia for a Natural History
  • Contours of English & English Language Studies (Tribute to Richard W. Bailey:)
  • First Day to Final Grade, Second Edition: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching
  • How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction (3rd Edition)
  • Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature
  • Sherbrookes
  • Somatic Engagement
  • The Olimpias Disability Culture Projects: Embodied Poetics
  • Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape
  • Ten Ways of Thinking About Samuel Beckett: The Falsetto of Reason (Diaries, Letters and Essays)
  • The Raising
  • Space, in Chains
  • W.B. Yeats, The Windind Stair and Other Poems
  • Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science
  • Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic
  • The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945
  • Que Veulent les Gays? Essai sur le Sexe, le Risque et la Subjectivité
  • Lastingness: The Art of Old Age
  • Percival's Planet
  • Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders
  • The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England
  • X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent
  • Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis
  • Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Poetry
  • Eden Springs
  • Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (2nd Edition)
  • Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing
  • Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For
  • Tocqueville
  • Burying Don Imus:  Anatomy of a Scapegoat
  • Disability Aesthetics
  • Is William Martinez Not Our Brother? Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons
  • A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life
  • Gay Shame
  • Gay Shame
  • In a Perfect World
  • Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond
  • Shuffleand Breakdown
  • If the World Becomes So Bright
  • Zerbrochene Schönheit
  • Disability Theory
  • Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings
  • Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext
  • Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser
  • Imagining Equality in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Cripple Poetics: A Love Story
  • The Hopwood Lectures: Sixth Series
  • Love Marriage
  • Arthur Miller Plays: Six
  • Literature: Craft & Voice, Volume: 3 Drama
  • Literature: Craft & Voice, Volume: 2 Poetry
  • Literature: Craft & Voice, Volume: 1 Fiction
  • Modernism and the Locations of Literary Heritage
  • Harlem Crossroads: Black Writers and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century
  • A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor
  • Amorisco
  • Invitation to a Secret Feast
  • These Are Not Oranges, My Love
  • Feathered
  • The Cambridge Introduction to The Nineteenth-Century American Novel
  • Arthur Miller's Global Theater
  • A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • A Room in California
  • Be Mine
  • Before They Could Vote: American Women's Autobiographical Writing
  • Decolonizing Cultures in the Pacific: Reading, History and Drama in Contemporary Fiction
  • From Harvey River: A Memoir of my Mother and her People
  • Henry James at Work
  • How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction
  • Kostas Karyotakis: Battered Guitars - Poems and Prose
  • Magnetic North
  • Spring and Fall
  • The Welsh Girl
  • Their Right to Speak: Women's Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates
  • Tokyo Butter
  • Trinity of Passion
  • Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology
  • Boy Heaven
  • Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems
  • A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance
  • American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World
  • Ismailia Eclipse: Poems
  • Arthur Miller: A Playwright's Life and Works
  • Belabored Professions: Narratives of African American Working Womanhood
  • Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination
  • Anywhere Out of the World<br>Essays on Travel, Writing, Death
  • Arthur Miller's America<br>Theater & Culture in a Time of Change
  • Controlling the Silver
  • Deborah
  • Dialogues of Dispersal<br>Gender,Sexuality and African Diasporas
  • Fool Fool Rose <br>Is Leaving<br>Labour-in-Vain-Savannah
  • Human Rights and Narrated Lives<br>The Ethics of Recognition
  • Intimate Friends<br>Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928
  • Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

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