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Metaphors of Confinement: The Prison in Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy

Monika Fludernik


Metaphors of Confinement: The Prison in Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy focuses on a historical survey of our imaginings of the prison as expressed in carceral metaphors that occur in great numbers in texts about imprisonment from Antiquity to the present but are also used to describe many non-penal situations as confining or restrictive. These imaginings are argued to coalesce into a ‘carceral imaginary’ that determines the way we think about prisons, just as social debates about punishment and criminals feed into the way our carceral imaginary develops over time. The book juxtaposes literary and ... More

Keywords: prison history, representations of prisons, imprisonment, metaphors, carceral imagination, carcerality, fact vs. fiction, historical continuity, ethics of imprisonment, punitivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monika Fludernik, author
Professor of English, University of Freiburg