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716. Prison Abolition in Twentieth-Century American Autobiographical Literature

Sunday, 12 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Belmont, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Katy Ryan, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown

1. "A Wall Is Just a Wall: Prison Writing, Carceral Grammar, and the Abolitionist Imagination," Thomas Dichter, Univ. of Pennsylvania

2. "Resistant Voices, Animal Noises: E. E. Cummings's The Enormous Room and the Power of Modernist Argot," Nicole Kenley, Univ. of California, Davis

3. "Social Life in Civil Death: The Law and Social Codes in (Neo)Slave Literature," Tatiana McInnis, Vanderbilt Univ.

4. "Malcolm as Model: Contemporary African American Prison Memoirs," D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk Univ.

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  • Genre, Theory, Method – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • Genre, Theory, Method – Nonfictional Prose

  • American Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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