By Carl Ostrowski
Drawing on an eclectic variety of assets together with newspaper arrest studies, criminal reform periodicals, renowned literary magazines, transatlantic shuttle narratives, renowned crime novels, anthologies of felony poetry, and the memoirs of felony chaplains, Ostrowski analyzes how authors as canonical as Nathaniel Hawthorne and as imprecise as counterfeiter/poet/prison inmate Christian Meadows tailored, manipulated, or rejected triumphing narratives approximately illegal activity to serve their inventive and rhetorical ends. those narratives ended in the construction of recent literary subgenres whereas additionally ushering in mental interiority as an immense criterion during which critical fiction used to be judged. Ostrowski joins and extends fresh scholarly conversations on topics together with African American civic enterprise, literary sentimentalism, outsider authorship, and the racial politics of antebellum criminal reform.
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Literature and Criminal Justice in Antebellum America by Carl Ostrowski