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.
Thomas Newkirk, professor of English at UNH, suggests that students get more enjoyment out of and have greater success with reading when they slow down. Newkirk outlines how to boost student enjoyment of reading in his new book “The Art of Slow Reading.”
“This book challenges popular notions of reading—the idea that quick, extractive reading is the goal for students. I argue that traditional acts of ‘slow reading’—memorization, performance, annotation, and elaboration—are essential for deep, pleasurable, thoughtful reading,” Newkirk says.