Wall Tappings An International Anthology of Women's Prison Writings, 200 AD to the Present

ISBN-10: 1558612734
ISBN-13: 9781558612730
Edition: 2nd 2002
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Description: Speaking from settings as diverse as a Roman prison cell in 203 AD, the labor camps of Siberia in the 1930s, and a Philippines prison in the 1980s, the women writers in Wall Tappings explore the emotional experience of prison life and discover the  More...

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 3/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Speaking from settings as diverse as a Roman prison cell in 203 AD, the labor camps of Siberia in the 1930s, and a Philippines prison in the 1980s, the women writers in Wall Tappings explore the emotional experience of prison life and discover the ways in which incarceration mirrors women's traditional imprisonment within society. Wall Tappings takes the remarkable and at times horrifying words of these women, who have been rejected and condemned by society, and offers a challenge to break down the wall that separates us from the often feared and ignored population of women prisoners. "These are the marginal texts in a tradition of marginal texts," writes Judith A. Scheffler in introducing this vital collection. In the form of memoir, letter, essay, fiction, and poetry, writers such as Saint Perpetua, Madame Roland, Vera Figner, Lady Constance Lytton, Agnes Smedley, Ethel Rosenberg, Lolita Lebron, Assata Shakur, and Nawal El Sadaawi affirm the power of expression. Wall Tappings is a remarkable journey into the lives and minds of women prisoners who write to call out against prison deprivations, to celebrate relationships and solidarity with other women, to comfort themselves and their children under the duress of separation, to strengthen their beliefs, to vindicate themselves. In addition, Wall Tappings: An International Anthology of Women's Prison Writings, 200 AD to the Present is the first anthology to focus on historical and international prison writings by women, and has been widely acclaimed in its first edition: "This book is a ground-breaking one, important not only to women and penologists, but to all who care about the human condition and the survival of the spirit."(Small Press Review) Marketing Plans for Wall Tappings: _ Editor and contributor interviews on broadcast media in selected major cities _ Wide review mailing _ Direct mail to academic community and key organizations Judith Scheffler is an associate professor of English at West Chester University. The first edition of Wall Tappings won the Susan Koppelman Award for Popular Culture.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
'Preserve the remembrance of what I was': Vindication of Self
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Paris, 1793
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Egypt, 1981
Poems from her imprisonment in Manila, 1984-86
Writings from a model prison AIDS program, 1998
'We were stronger afterward than before': Transcendence Through Causes and Beliefs Beyond the Self
Excerpt from 'The Passion of Saint Perpetua,' Christian martyred in Carthage, 203
Narrative of her imprisonment by the Inquisition in Malta, 1661
Letters from her imprisonment by the Nazis in Berlin, 1942-44
Poems and testimonies from prison camps in Chile, 1970s
Testimony of her imprisonment with Baha'i women executed in Iran, 1982-83
'Don't forget, you are a prisoner': Prison Conditions and Deprivations
Memoirs of her imprisonment in England, 1951
Memoirs of her imprisonment in South Africa, 1976-82
Poems from her imprisonment in New York City, 1970s
Poems from her imprisonment in Oklahoma, 1994-2000
Poems and prose from her imprisonment in Pennsylvania and Delaware, 1975 to the present
'I have all the passion of life': Psychological Survival Through Communication and Relationships
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Russia, 1883-1904
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Russia, 1937-55
Poems from her imprisonment in West Virginia, 1954-79
Memoris of her imprisonment in Malaysia, 1980-90
Stories based on her experiences in United States prisons, 1988-92
'No person and no family exists in isolation': Family Relationships and Motherhood in Prison
Excerpt from her diary of her imprisonment in Washington, D.C., 1865
Memoirs of her imprisonment in Eritrea, 1975-76
Prose and poems from her secret imprisonment in Argentina, 1977
Memoris of her imprisonment in New Jersey and West Virginia, 1973-79
Play excerpt and poems from her imprisonment in New York, 1980-99
'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 Women
Memoirs of her imprisonment in England, 1910
Sketches of cellmates from the Tombs prison, New York City, 1918
Poems from her imprisonment in Connecticut, 1970-71
Poems from her imprisonment in Alabama and California, 1964-65, 1968-71, 1972-73
Poems from her imprisonment in California, 1985 to the present
Story based on her experiences in United States prisons
Connections Among Women Prison Writers
An Annotated Bibliography of Writings by Women Prisoners
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