The Maximum Security Book Club

The Maximum Security Book Club

Reading Literature in A Men's Prison

eBook - 2016
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A riveting account of the two years literary scholar Mikita Brottman spent reading literature with criminals in a maximum-security men's prison outside Baltimore, and what she learned from them--Orange Is the New Black meets Reading Lolita in Tehran. On sabbatical from teaching literature to undergraduates, and wanting to educate a different kind of student, Mikita Brottman starts a book club with a group of convicts from the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland. She assigns them ten dark, challenging classics--including Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Poe's story "The Black Cat," and Nabokov's Lolita--books that don't flinch from evoking the isolation of the human struggle, the pain of conflict, and the cost of transgression. Although Brottman is already familiar with these works, the convicts open them up in completely new ways. Their discussions may "only" be about literature, but for the...
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062384355
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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tjdickey
Feb 17, 2018

A quick and witty flight through the author's unique experience of teaching maximum security criminals (don't call them inmates!) books from "Macbeth" and Kafka's "Metamorphosis," to "Junkie" and "Lolita." This is a wild ride, and full of very human insights and foibles.

ser_library Dec 10, 2016

both insightful and realistic into prison life and the good effects of reading. less self congratulary than Walmsey's The Prison Book Club

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