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Barred : women, writing, and political detention /
Barbara Harlow.
Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, c1992.
xvii, 292 p. : ill.
0819552496 (cl) 0819562580 (pa)
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Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, c1992.
0819552496 (cl) 0819562580 (pa)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-06:
The literature of revolution and incarceration has come a long way--especially for women--and this book attempts to chronicle its most recent and most feminist manifestation in the world's "hot spots." The argument is that the growing number of women involved in revolutionary activities has generated a new kind of educational literature in and about the "university of the prison." We are told that this is "forcing a radical rethinking of the mobilizational tactics and structures of contestation that historically have been articulated on masculinist grounds by protest movements and resistance organizations." Harlow has allocated chapters in six areas where she feels such rethinking is exemplified and thus merits closer scrutiny: Northern Ireland, Israel/Lebanon, Egypt, South Africa, El Salvador, and the US. In all areas what is needed is the recognition of the political status of prisoners and "by both state and the resistance movement, of the political status of women." At times judgmental and inflammatory, the narrative nevertheless constitutes an in-depth study of social agendas and political struggles, which are pieced together from stories, narratives, novels, diaries, autobiographies, and even film. This depth is both the book's strength and its weakness. The bibliography is important, unique, and up-to-date. But perhaps because of the political focus, the style is often jargon-ridden and very abstract as it tries to discover a descriptive flow that will encompass and direct without polarizing. The attempt is not always successful. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. E. J. Zimmermann; Canisius College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-12:
Harlow, the author of Resistance Literature (Routledge, 1987), here attempts to analyze the literature and film by and about women political prisoners. Women in resistance movements like Ireland's Sinn Fein and the Palestinian intifada predominate, but examples from a wide range of both Third World and developed countries are included. Also examined are the nature of resistance movements and the place of women in them. Unfortunately, Harlow fails to derive a theory of women's resistance literature; instead, the book reads like an over-long bibliographic essay. A disjointed and ponderous writing style further diminishes this book's value. Joan Davies's Writers in Prison ( LJ 10/15/90) presents a more cogent analysis of prison literature. Recommended for academic libraries with comprehensive collections in women's studies or literature.-- Kathryn Moore Crowe, Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
Harlow describes the dynamics of resistance movements and political detention, the educational and social role of prison, and the place and treatment of women as political prisoners.
Table of Contents
Against Discipline and Domestication
Political Detention: Countering the Universityp. 3
Women and Resistancep. 32
The Resistance in Prison
Recognition Scenesp. 71
"Beyond the Pale": Strip-Searching and Hunger Strikes in Northern Irelandp. 78
Narrative in Prison: Stories from the Palestinian Intifadap. 101
Sectarian versus Secular: The Case of Egyptp. 118
Negotiating/Armed Struggle: South Africap. 139
Carceles Clandestinas: Interrogation, Debate, and Dialogue in El Salvadorp. 158
On Trial: The United Statesp. 180
My Home, My Prison
The Tyranny of Home versus "Safe Houses"p. 205
Prison and Liberationp. 225
Nunca Mas
Writing Human Rightsp. 243
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 279
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