Publication Date

April 2015

Advisor(s)

Lois Brown

Major

African American Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the literary mind within institutions of confinement. The chapters focus on slave narratives, prison literature, and contemporary hip-hop lyrics and musicality, as well as real life experiences in a local juvenile detention facility. Ultimately this thesis is an exploration of the politics or narrative, legacies of trauma, and fictions of freedom.

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