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Author Ahnert, Ruth.

Title The rise of prison literature in the sixteenth century / Ruth Ahnert.

Published Cambridge New York Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  809.8920692 AHNE    DUE 02-10-19
Physical description x, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-217)
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The sixteenth-century prison -- An antipanopticon -- Writing from the inside -- 2.Writing the prison -- Graffiti -- Graffiti on the page -- Thomas More's Tower works -- Prison Psalms -- 3.Prison communities -- Margaret Douglas and Thomas Howard's epistolary verse -- John Harington's Booke of freendeship -- Nicholas Ridley and his ̀comfortable conferences' -- 4.̀Frendes abrode' -- John Frith and the ̀brethren' -- John Fisher and Elizabeth White -- The carriers of John Bradford's letters -- 5.Liberating the text? -- 1557 -- Foxe's forebears -- The ̀Book of Martyrs'.
Summary "Examining works by some of the most famous prisoners from the early modern period including Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey and Thomas Wyatt, Ruth Ahnert presents the first major study of prison literature dating from this era. She argues that the English Reformation established the prison as an influential literary sphere. In the previous centuries we find only isolated examples of prison writings, but the religious and political instability of the Tudor reigns provided the conditions for the practice to thrive. This book shows the wide variety of genres that prisoners wrote, and it explores the subtle tricks they employed in order to appropriate the site of the prison for their own agendas. Ahnert charts the spreading influence of such works beyond the prison cell, tracing the textual communities they constructed, and the ways in which writings were smuggled out of prison and then disseminated through script and print."--Publisher website.
Subject Prisoners' writings -- History and criticism.
Prisoners in literature.
ISBN 9781107040304 (hardback)