Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Novels
By Auli Ek
Routledge – 2005 – 158 pages
This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of how contemporary American prison narratives reflect and produce ideologies of masculinity in the United States, and in so doing, compellingly engages popular culture in order to demonstrate the profound ways in which implicit understandings of prison life shape all Americans, and their reactions to people both incarcerated and not.
Auli Ek is currently a lecturer in the UC Santa Barbara Writing Program. She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies American Studies Program Fellowship in 1994-95 and the Academy of Finland Fellowship in 1995-1999. Her research interests include African American literature and film, Chicano/a literature, women's literature, and interdisciplinary approaches to race, gender, class, and sexuality in contemporary American cultural texts.