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Wall Tappings: Women's Prison Writings, 200 A.D. to the Present / Edition 2
     

Wall Tappings: Women's Prison Writings, 200 A.D. to the Present / Edition 2

by Judith A. Scheffler
 

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ISBN-10: 1558612734

ISBN-13: 2901558612739

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The

Speaking from settings as diverse as a Roman prison cell in 203 A.D., a Siberian labor camp in the 1930s, and a present-day U.S. state penitentiary, these thirty-seven writers describe prison life and affirm the power of expression in memoirs, diaries, letters, essays, fiction, and poetry. Some write to vindicate themselves, some to strengthen their beliefs, and some

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Speaking from settings as diverse as a Roman prison cell in 203 A.D., a Siberian labor camp in the 1930s, and a present-day U.S. state penitentiary, these thirty-seven writers describe prison life and affirm the power of expression in memoirs, diaries, letters, essays, fiction, and poetry. Some write to vindicate themselves, some to strengthen their beliefs, and some to express solidarity with other women. Many write to survive, and to comfort themselves or their children. All of them, as editor Judith Scheffler notes, unite "in condemning an institution that labels them worthless and attempts to destroy their humanity in the name of justice." In this riveting collection, now back in print in an updated and expanded edition, women prisoners break through the walls of silence that have long surrounded their experience. Winner of the Susan Koppelman Award for Outstanding Anthology

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ISBN-13:
2901558612739
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Prefacexv
Acknowledgmentsxix
Introductionxxi
Part 1'Preserve the remembrance of what I was': Vindication of Self1
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Paris, 17937
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Egypt, 198115
Poems from her imprisonment in Manila, 1984-8622
Writings from a model prison AIDS program, 199828
Part 2'We were stronger afterward than before': Transcendence Through Causes and Beliefs Beyond the Self37
Excerpt from 'The Passion of Saint Perpetua,' Christian martyred in Carthage, 20342
Narrative of her imprisonment by the Inquisition in Malta, 166147
Letters from her imprisonment by the Nazis in Berlin, 1942-4451
Poems and testimonies from prison camps in Chile, 1970s63
Testimony of her imprisonment with Baha'i women executed in Iran, 1982-8375
Part 3'Don't forget, you are a prisoner': Prison Conditions and Deprivations85
Memoirs of her imprisonment in England, 195192
Memoirs of her imprisonment in South Africa, 1976-8297
Poems from her imprisonment in New York City, 1970s106
Poems from her imprisonment in Oklahoma, 1994-2000111
Poems and prose from her imprisonment in Pennsylvania and Delaware, 1975 to the present115
Part 4'I have all the passion of life': Psychological Survival Through Communication and Relationships123
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Russia, 1883-1904131
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Russia, 1937-55140
Poems from her imprisonment in West Virginia, 1954-79145
Memoris of her imprisonment in Malaysia, 1980-90151
Stories based on her experiences in United States prisons, 1988-92163
Part 5'No person and no family exists in isolation': Family Relationships and Motherhood in Prison175
Excerpt from her diary of her imprisonment in Washington, D.C., 1865182
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Eritrea, 1975-76185
Prose and poems from her secret imprisonment in Argentina, 1977194
Memoris of her imprisonment in New Jersey and West Virginia, 1973-79203
Play excerpt and poems from her imprisonment in New York, 1980-99211
Part 6'I sense the great weight of the society/pressing down on the little box of room I lie in/alone/forgotten/like my sisters in prison': Solidarity with Other Women221
Memoirs of her imprisonment in England, 1910228
Sketches of cellmates from the Tombs prison, New York City, 1918236
Poems from her imprisonment in Connecticut, 1970-71246
Poems from her imprisonment in Alabama and California, 1964-65, 1968-71, 1972-73250
Poems from her imprisonment in California, 1985 to the present256
Story based on her experiences in United States prisons261
Connections Among Women Prison Writers271
An Annotated Bibliography of Writings by Women Prisoners275
Credits327

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