Prisons, Images of Confinement, and the Carceral Imaginary
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.
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