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The maximum security book club : reading literature in a men's prison / Mikita Brottman.

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 365.66 BRO (Text) 34304000826692 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Perry Co PL - Cannelton Branch 365 BRO (Text) 70622000039189 CPL-Adult Nonfiction Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 365.66 BRO (Text) 70741000137637 Adult Non Fiction Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 365.66 BROTTMAN (Text) 33946003116808 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062384331
  • ISBN: 0062384333
  • Physical Description: xxix, 230 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2016.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Heart of darkness -- "Bartleby, the scrivener: a story of Wall Street" -- Ham on rye -- Junkie -- On the yard -- Macbeth -- Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- "The black cat" -- The metamorphosis -- Lolita -- Afterword.
Summary, etc.: "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 prisoners, everything is at stake. Gradually, the inmates open up about their lives and families, their disastrous choices, their guilt and loss. Brottman also discovers that life in prison, while monotonous, is never without incident. The book club members struggle with their assigned reading through solitary confinement; on lockdown; in between factory shifts; in the hospital; and in the middle of the chaos of blasting televisions, incessant chatter, and the constant banging of metal doors. Though The Maximum Security Book Club never loses sight of the moral issues raised in the selected reading, it refuses to back away from the unexpected insights offered by the company of these complex, difficult men. It is a compelling, thoughtful analysis of literature--and prison life--like nothing you've ever read before"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Prisoners > Books and reading > Maryland > Jessup.
Social work with criminals > Maryland > Jessup.
Prison libraries > Maryland > Jessup.

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