Interdisciplinary Topics in the Humanities: The Intellectual History of Mass Incarceration
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 450B
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the intellectual history of the modern-day prison. What historical shifts, political logics, and ideological developments led to the phenomenon we have come to know as "mass incarceration"? How did the carceral logic that informs the seemingly inevitable contemporary connection between crime and punishment evolve in the West? Our topics will include influential theories that defined the physical space of the prison, the criminalization of marginalized populations, the emergence of theories and categories of deviance, and the development of criminology as an academic discipline.
Course Attributes: AS HUM; EN H; FA HUM; AR HUM