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Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in Eighteenth-Century England
by John Bender
University of Chicago Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-226-04228-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-04229-9
Library of Congress Classification PR858.P7B4 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.509355

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This brilliant and insightful contribution to cultural studies investigates the role of literature—particularly the novel—and visual arts in the development of institutions. Arguing the attitudes expressed in narrative literature and art between 1719 and 1779 helped bring about the change from traditional prisons to penitentiaries, John Bender offers studies of Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, The Beggar's Opera, Hogarth's Progresses, Jonathan Wild, and Amelia as well as illustrations from prison literature, art, and architecture in support of his thesis.

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