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Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women's Prisons

Megan Sweeney


Drawing on extensive interviews with ninety-four women prisoners, this book examines how incarcerated women use available reading materials to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures. Foregrounding the voices of African American women, the book analyzes how prisoners read three popular genres: narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books. It outlines the history of reading and education in U.S. prisons, highlighting how the increasing dehumanization of prisoners has resulted in diminished prison libraries ... More

Keywords: incarcerated women, African American women, narrative of victimization, urban crime fiction, self-help books, U.S. prisons, education, prison libraries, reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833520
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898352_sweeney


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Sweeney, author