CFP: Incarceration Nation: Voices from the Early American Gaol (9/1/06; SEA, 6/7/07-6/10/07)

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Michele Lise Tarter
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CFP: "Incarceration Nation": Voices from the Early American Gaol
(9/1/06; 6/7/07-6/10/07)
Society of Early Americanists (in conjunction with Omohundro
Institute of Early American History and Culture)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

The United States, now deemed the leading jailer of the world, may
find its roots in early American politics and culture. What are the
voices of and surrounding the early American gaol, and how might
they connect and shed meaning on our "incarceration nation" of
today? This panel invites papers that explore the issues of
incarceration in early America. Panelists might consider such topics
as the construction of "crime" and evolving penal boundaries in the
colonies; the public spectacle of corpor(e)al punishment;
religion, dissent, and the politics of confinement; the dialectic
between the body and the state; sexuality, violence, and enforced
entrapment; prison literacy culture; rhetoric and interrogation; and
the literature of convicts and conviction.

Please send papers to Michele Lise Tarter (

--Michele Lise TarterAssociate ProfessorCoordinator of Graduate StudiesDepartment of EnglishThe College of New JerseyP.O. Box 7718Ewing, NJ 08628-0718o: 609/771.3115f: 609/637.5112e: tarter_at_tcnj.edu ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Fri Aug 11 2006 - 15:27:32 EDT