Reading Is My Window

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 ...

Reading Is My Window

Reading Is My Window

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. Foregrounding the voices of African American women, Sweeney analyzes how prisoners read three popular genres: narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books. 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. Although penal officials have sometimes endorsed reading as a means to control prisoners, Sweeney illuminates the resourceful ways in which prisoners educate and empower themselves through reading. Given the scarcity of counseling and education in prisons, women use books to make meaning from their experiences, to gain guidance and support, to experiment with new ways of being, and to maintain connections with the world.

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Reading Is My Window
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Megan Sweeney
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-15 - Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

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. Foregrounding the voices of African American women, Sweeney analyzes how prisoners read three popular genres: narratives
Reading is My Window
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Megan Sweeney
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

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.
The Story Within Us
Language: en
Pages: 273
Authors: Megan Sweeney
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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
Why Women Read Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Helen Taylor
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-05 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' This book explains how precious fiction is to contemporary women readers, and how they draw on it to tell the stories of their lives. Female readers are key to the future of fiction and--as parents, teachers, and
What Would Jesus Read?
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Erin A. Smith
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-13 - Publisher: UNC Press Books

Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious

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