Elissa Deborah Gelfand (essay date 1980-81)
SOURCE: Gelfand, Elissa Deborah. “Women Prison Authors in France: Twice Criminal.” Modern Language Studies 11, no. 1 (1980-81): 57-63.
[In the following essay, Gelfand compares the writings of women prisoners to the work of canonized male writers such as Villon, Sade, and Wilde, suggesting that the themes and tone of their texts counter the “power-centered” male texts that generally constitute the genre of prison literature.]
The following quotes by some well-known students of prison literature will give an idea of the qualities long expected of and thought inherent to important prison texts:
(Albert Camus): Si l'âme est...
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