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Colonial and Post-Colonial Incarceration - Graeme Harper

Colonial and Post-Colonial Incarceration

Paperback Published: 27th December 2001
ISBN: 9780826449184
Number Of Pages: 280

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"Captive and Free" is the first study to deal extensively and comparatively with capture, imprisonment and punishment in colonial and post-colonial cultures. Offering textual as well as historical analysis, each chapter focuses on a specific national or regional arena. Each also provides insight into the social, economic and cultural conditions prevalent in colonial societies. There are contributions on: prison narratives; slave trading; property and power; gender and imprisonment; national identity; war and terror; modes of survival; religion and incarceration; the relationships between master and slave; disease and urban imprisonment; and on the condition and destruction of detention camps. Chapters, written by a wide range of international specialists, include coverage of the early modern to the contemporary period as well as coverage of cultural arenas from Europe to Asia, Australia, northern and southern Africa and North America. The book is useful reading for those interested in such questions as "what are the differences between one instance of colonial incarceration and another?"; "how are Western and non-Western approaches to punishment different?" ; "in what ways are such broad categories as "gender", "race" and "ownership" formulated in the discourses of torture, imprisonment and survival?"; and "how do practices of detention and punishment reflect the tensions as well as the agreements between cultures?"

Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Criminal minds and felonious nations: colonial and postcolonial incarcerationp. 9
The circulation of bodies: slavery, maritime commerce and English captivity narratives in the early modern periodp. 23
Captivating reading: or captivity fiction as tourist guide to a non-Aboriginal Tasmaniap. 38
Colonizing the mind: 'Leo Africanus' in the Renaissance and todayp. 53
Trading places: slave traders as slavesp. 67
Urban captivity narratives: the literature of the yellow fever epidemics of the 1790sp. 86
Transglobal translations: the Eliza Fraser and Rachel Plummer captivity narrativesp. 105
Body and belonging(s): property in the captivity of Mungo Parkp. 124
Empires of light and dark: Japanese prisons and narratives of survivalp. 145
Torture and the decolonization of French Algeria: nationalism, 'race' and violence during colonial incarcerationp. 161
The prisonhouse of language: literary production and detention in Kenyap. 176
Trapped daughters: American Chinatowns and Chinese American womenp. 187
'On England's doorstep': colonialism, nationalism and carceral liminality in Brendan Behan's Borstal Boyp. 205
Apartheid prison narratives, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the construction of national (traumatic) memoryp. 223
Conclusionp. 240
Selected bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780826449184
ISBN-10: 0826449182
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 27th December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 16.0  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1