'Superstition will add to its horrors': the early American penitentiary and its gothic shadow
Fiddler, Michael (2011) 'Superstition will add to its horrors': the early American penitentiary and its gothic shadow. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (5). pp. 465-477. ISSN 1468-2311Full text not available from this repository.
In relation to the early American penal experiment, we 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). However, at each stage of this evolution of imprisonment, there was a Gothic undercurrent. In analysing these early penitentiaries, their architecture and the popular literature relating to them, we can begin to unpack the ongoing construction of the ‘place myth’ of the prison within the penal imagination.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||prison architecture, prison literature, Gothic|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Humanities & Social Sciences|
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Law & Criminology Research Group
|Last Modified:||04 May 2012 13:31|
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