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Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women's Prison

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A deeply stirring account of one woman's experience teaching drama to women in prison.

I began to understand that female prisoners are not "damaged goods" and to recognize that most of these women had toughed it out in a society that favors others-- by gender, class, or race. They are Desdemonas suffering because of jealous men, Lady Macbeths craving the power of their spou
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 19th 2001 by St. Martin's Press
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Tami
Apr 24, 2009 Tami rated it it was amazing
This powerful and emotionally riveting memoir is the account of Jean Trounstine's experience teaching female inmates in a medium-security prison in Massachusetts. She starts with a college-level literature course (some of the women earn their degrees while in prison) and ends with a full-blown production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Each chapter focuses on a different inmate and her personal experiences with the class.

I fell in love with the concept of prisoners performing Shakespe
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Janet Jay
Self-serving book about relatively spoiled prisoners in a drama program. There are so so many fantastic programs & stories from the penal system in prisons that this woman's "struggle" just doesn't hold much weight. A nice example was when she got special permission to bring them period costumes to try on, she let them run around the hall disrupting other classes, & when she's told dress up time is over she presents it as basically killing her students' souls, despite what today seems li ...more
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This examination of life in prison being transformed by the infusion of culture/education is simply not as detailed or focused as ones like Running The Books. I felt like I was reading an outline or overview of Trounstine's experience rather than the memoir itself . . . perhaps a function of her odd writing choice to create composite characters from pieces of the real-life women she encountered and to reconstruct dialogue in a similar compound style.
Ann Santori
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This examination of life in prison being transformed by the infusion of culture/education is simply not as detailed or focused as ones like Running The Books. I felt like I was reading an outline or overview of Trounstine's experience rather than the memoir itself . . . perhaps a function of her odd writing choice to create composite characters from pieces of the real-life women she encountered and to reconstruct dialogue in a similar compound style.
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May 02, 2008 ˚˙¥øne††å˙˚6B rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Everyone
It;s becoming a good story to read. It;s mostly about woman who got locked up. And Shakespear just did a play on it...Opps I gave it away
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I am an activist, author and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts and my latest book is "Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice" (IG Publishing April, 2016). It explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons.

I worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where
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