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The Spectacle of Punishment and the “Melodramatic Imagination” in the Classical-Era Prison Film: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) and Brute Force (1947)

Kristen Whissel

in Punishment in Popular Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479861958
eISBN:
9781479878680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479861958.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Kristen Whissel’s chapter examines what she labels “the Classical-era Hollywood prison film.” Whissel contends that scholars and critics have often approached this kind of film as a subgenre of the ... More


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