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NCJ Number: 238036 Find in a Library
Title: Superstition Will Add to Its Horrors: The Early American Penitentiary and Its Gothic Shadow
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:50  Issue:5  Dated:December 2011  Pages:465-477
Author(s): Michael Fiddler
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines how the developments in the American penal system since the establishment of the Country have influenced American culture.
Abstract: In relation to the early American penal experiment, one might imagine an unbroken line of development that takes us from William Penn's code of 1682 through to the monumental structures of the Jacksonian era. These were to be sources of civic pride and would locate the penitentiary as a utopic site (Rothman 1990). However, at each stage of this evolution of imprisonment, there was a Gothic undercurrent. In analyzing these early penitentiaries, their architecture and the popular literature relating to them, one can begin to unpack the ongoing construction of the ‘place myth’ of the prison within the penal imagination. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Prison conditions
Index Term(s): Architectural design; History of corrections; History of criminal justice; Literature; Prison construction; Prison management
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