The Resource Demands of the dead : executions, storytelling, and activism in the United States, edited by Katy Ryan

Demands of the dead : executions, storytelling, and activism in the United States, edited by Katy Ryan

Label
Demands of the dead : executions, storytelling, and activism in the United States
Title
Demands of the dead
Title remainder
executions, storytelling, and activism in the United States
Statement of responsibility
edited by Katy Ryan
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The first work to combine literary criticism with other forms of death penalty-abolitionist writing, Demands of the Dead demonstrates the active importance of literature and literary criticism to the struggle for greater justice in the United States. Gathering personal essays, scholarly articles, and creative writings on the death penalty in American culture, this striking collection brings human voices and literary perspectives to a subject that is often overburdened by statistics and angry polemics. Contributors include death-row prisoners, playwrights, poets, activists, and literary scholars. Highlighting collaborations between writers inside and outside prison, all within the context of the history of state killing laws and foundational concepts that perpetuate a culture of violent death, Demands of the Dead opens with a pamphlet dictated by Willie Francis, a teenager who survived a first execution attempt in Louisiana's electric chair before he was subsequently killed by the state in 1947. Writers are a conspicuous part of U.S. death-penalty history, composing a vibrant literary record of resistance to state killing. This multigenre collection both recalls and contributes to this tradition through discussions of such writers as Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Gertrude Atherton, Ernest Gaines, Sonia Sanchez, Kia Corthron, and Sherman Alexie. A major contribution to literary studies and American prison studies, Demands of the Dead asserts the relevance of storytelling to ethical questions and matters of public policy."--Project Muse
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
810.8/09206927
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS508.P7
LC item number
D46 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Demands of the dead : executions, storytelling, and activism in the United States, edited by Katy Ryan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments and Permissions; Introduction -- Katy Ryan; Part 1: Words through Walls; My Trip to the Chair -- Willie Francis; Living Death: Ernest Gaines's A Lesson before Dying and the Execution of Willie Francis -- Jason Stupp; The Sword into a Pen -- Steve Champion; Writing with the Condemned: On Editing and Publishing the Work of Steve Champion -- Tom Kerr; Leaving Death Row: A Screenplay -- Elizabeth Ann Stein; Dead Man's Soap -- Rick Stetter; Part 2: History and State Power; Billy Budd and Capital Punishment: A Tale of Four Centuries -- H. Bruce Franklin; Poems -- Jill McDonough
  • December 26, 1862: ChaskaAugust 23, 1927: Nicola Sacco; May 3, 1946: Willie Francis; October 9, 2002: Aileen Wuornos; Antigallows Activism in Antebellum American Literature -- John Cyril Barton; Electric Sensations and Executions in Gertrude Atherton's Patience Sparhawk and Her Times -- Jennifer Leigh Lieberman; Life by Asphyxiation -- Kia Corthron; Routines -- Anthony Ross; Part 3: Voices and Bodies in Resistance; Jacques Derrida on Pain of Death -- Thomas Dutoit; Capital Punishment -- Sherman Alexie; Lynching, Embodiment, and Post-1960 African American Poetry -- David Kieran
  • State Killing, the Stage of Innocence, and The Exonerated -- Katy RyanRap Sheet of Capitol Crimes: Music, Murder, and Aesthetic States of Terror -- Matthew Stratton; Poems -- Delbert L. Tibbs; A Poem for No Reason; For Gary Graham, a.k.a. Shaka Sankofa; Death Law; I Need a Poem; Contributors; Selected Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn794491171
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 315 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609381035
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b35819662
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794491171
  • pebcs1609381033

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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