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Metaphors of ConfinementThe Prison in Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy$
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Monika Fludernik

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198840909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198840909.001.0001

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Prisons, Images of Confinement, and the Carceral Imaginary

(p.1) Introduction
Metaphors of Confinement

Monika Fludernik

Oxford University Press

The Introduction offers a theoretical overview of the topic of imprisonment and supplies an initial conspectus of major models of carceral space. It discusses the study’s relationship to Foucault’s seminal Discipline and Punish, elucidating key aspects of this paradigm and explaining how the book extends but also modifies Foucault’s work. The Introduction also provides an explanation of basic terminology in recent metaphor theory, distinguishing between different types of metaphor that will become relevant in the bulk of the study. Another section concentrates on literary topoi and the terminology used in the study of tropes and topoi. The final section delineates the concept of the carceral imaginary and underlines its connection to the politics of punishment as well as issues of ethics and aesthetics.

Keywords:   Michel Foucault, Jeremy Bentham, panopticon, spatial symbolism, topoi, liminality, ethics of punishment, ideology, definitions of imprisonment, penitentiary

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