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Doran Larson is Wolcott-Bartlett Professor of Literature & Creative Writing at Hamilton College, where he directs The American Prison Writing Archive.
1. Toward a Prison Poetics
2. Poetry, Pain, and Reconstructive Resistance
3. Three Studies in Testamentary Reconstruction
4. B(e)aring Bare Life: Ethnic American Prison Writing
About the Author
Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration is a timely work on a tremendously important subject, and Doran Larson’s wide knowledge, profound reading of prison writing, and powerful insights could be of inestimable value for us in the first quarter of the twenty-first century.
— H. Bruce Franklin, professor emeritus, Rutgers University; author of Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War
The transnational prison writing that Larson analyzes so poignantly here advances a compelling “prison witness” project. It honors the diverse voices of prisoners across the globe, demystifies prison regimes, identifies central tropes that anchor a prison poetics, and perhaps most importantly, recognizes a humanity in prisoners in a way state violence denies and, by doing so, inspires readers to imagine a world without prisons. Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration is unique in bringing together usually disparate fields, offering profound contributions to literary criticism, prisoner advocacy, and human rights work.
— Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness, co-authors of Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic