March 4, 2017

America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the by Lee Bernstein

By Lee Bernstein

within the Seventies, whereas politicians and activists open air prisons debated the correct reaction to crime, incarcerated humans contributed to shaping these debates although a huge diversity of exceptional political and literary writings.

Lee Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic "prison paintings renaissance," laying off mild on how incarcerated humans produced strong works of writing, functionality, and visible artwork. those incorporated every little thing from George Jackson's progressive Soledad Brother to Miguel Pinero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood movie Short Eyes. a unprecedented diversity of felony programs--fine arts, theater, secondary schooling, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners to persuade the Black Arts circulate, the Nuyorican writers, "New Journalism," and political theater, one of the most vital aesthetic contributions of the last decade.

By the Eighties and '90s, prisoners' academic and inventive courses have been scaled again or eradicated because the "war on crime" escalated. yet through then those prisoners' phrases had crossed over the wall, assisting many american citizens to reconsider the that means of the partitions themselves and, eventually, the that means of the society that produced them.

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