African-American women's literature

UNH Scholar Explores What Prisons Say About American Society

Prison is an institution that the humanities should have something to say about, says Courtney Marshall, assistant professor of English and women’s studies. With over 2 million Americans behind bars, the most by far of any country in the world, incarceration is that aspect of American life that seldom makes it to the forefront of public concern.

Marshall is exploring the different ways in which African Americans have been defined as criminals. What makes Marshall’s work unique is her focus on black women’s literature to explore the subject of prison and race in America.

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