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Prison Narratives From Boethius to Zana
(2014)
  • Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University
Abstract
Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana critically examines selected works of writers, from the sixth century to the twenty-first century, who were imprisoned for their beliefs. The collection argues that figures such as Boethius, Sir Thomas Malory, John Lilburne, John Bunyan, Henry David Thoreau, Louise Michel, Alice Paul and members of the National Woman's Party, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Huddie William Ledbetter ('Lead Belly'), Malcolm X, and Mehdi Zana, epitomize the tradition of speaking truth to power and sacrificing physical freedom - even life itself - in the service of that truth. Chapters explore figures' lives, provide close analyses of their works, and offer contextualization of their prison writings.
Keywords
  • Prison literature,
  • Boethius,
  • Sir Thomas Malory,
  • John Lilburne,
  • John Bunyan,
  • Henry David Thoreau,
  • Louise Michel,
  • Alice Paul,
  • National Women's Party,
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
  • Huddie William Ledbetter ('Lead Belly'),
  • Malcolm X,
  • Mehdi Zana
Publication Date
July, 2014
Editor
Philip Edward Phillips
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN
9781137428677
Citation Information
Philip Edward Phillips, Ed. Prison Narratives From Boethius to Zana (1 ed). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.