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Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons : The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment - Martha Grace Duncan

Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons

The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780814718810
Number Of Pages: 280

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An ex-convict struggles with his addictive yearning for prison. A law-abiding citizen broods over his pleasure in violent, illegal acts. A prison warden loses his job because he is so successful in rehabilitating criminals. These are but a few of the intriguing stories Martha Grace Duncan examines in her bold, interdisciplinary book Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons.

Duncan writes: "This is a book about paradoxes and mingled yarns - about the bright sides of dark events, the silver linings of sable clouds." She portrays upright citizens who harbor a strange liking for criminal deeds, and criminals who conceive of prison in positive terms: as a nurturing mother, an academy, a matrix of spiritual rebirth, or a refuge from life's trivia. In developing her unique vision, Duncan draws on literature, history, psychoanalysis, and law. Her work reveals a nonutopian world in which criminals and non-criminals--while injuring each other in obvious ways--nonetheless live together in a symbiotic as well as an adversarial relationship, needing each other, serving each other, enriching each other's lives in profound and surprising fashion.

"Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons is a book that merits the interest of psychanalysts for the contribution it offers to our understanding of the realm of guilt and punishment in human psychology...I recommend the book highly."

-The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Cradled on the Sea: Positive Images of Prison and Theories of Punishmentp. 7
A Thousand Leagues Above: Prison As a Refuge from the Prosaicp. 9
Cradled on the Sea: Prison As a Mother Who Provides and Protectsp. 24
To Die and Become: Prison As a Matrix of Spiritual Rebirthp. 32
Flowers Are Flowers: Prison As a Place Like Any Otherp. 38
Methodological Issuesp. 44
Positive Images of Prison and Theories of Punishmentp. 48
Epilogue to Part Onep. 56
A Strange Liking: Our Admiration for Criminalsp. 57
Prologue to Part Twop. 59
Reluctant Admiration: The Forms of Our Conflict over Criminalsp. 64
Rationalized Admiration: Overt Delight in Camouflaged Criminalsp. 70
Repressed Admiration: Loathing As a Vicissitude of Attraction to Criminalsp. 102
Conclusion to Part Two: This Unforeseen Partnershipp. 116
In Slime and Darkness: The Metaphor of Filth in Criminal Justicep. 119
Prologue to Part Threep. 121
Eject Him Tainted Now: The Criminal As Filth in Western Culturep. 123
Projecting an Excrementitious Mass: The Metaphor of Filth in the History of Botany Bayp. 147
Stirring the Odorous Pile: Vicissitudes of the Metaphor in Britain and the United Statesp. 171
Conclusion to Part Three: Metaphor Understoodp. 185
Conclusion: The Romanticization of Criminals and the Defense against Despairp. 188
Appendixp. 195
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780814718810
ISBN-10: 0814718817
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.01  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.38