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The Natural Prison

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter marks the crucial slide of the penal colony from a space of improvement to a space of punishment. Although the penal colony retained the rhetorical trappings of moralization and ... More


New Caledonia: Prisoners of Love

MATT K. MATSUDA

in Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195162950
eISBN:
9780199867660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162950.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter studies the French penal colony on the Melanesian island of New Caledonia and the ways that policy makers both imagine and instigate settlements and marriages for convicts with the hope ... More


Tropics of Nature

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

As a first step in bringing the penal colony and space center together, this chapter examines what “place” means in each context, tracing nineteenth-century climatic theories and obsessions with ... More


The Double Taboo The Male Body in The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, and In the Penal Colony

Elizabeth Boa

in Kafka: Gender, Class, and Race in the Letters and Fictions

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158196
eISBN:
9780191673283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158196.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The double taboo described in this chapter is the image of the phallus, and in context, the male body as a symbolic and sensual apparatus and entity. Kafka lived at a time in which society was ... More


“A Peculiar Apparatus”: Kafka’s Thanatopoetics

Martin Blumenthal-Barby

in Inconceivable Effects: Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801478123
eISBN:
9780801467394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801478123.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies Franz Kafka’s 1914 story, “In the Penal Colony,” and how the word “apparatus” attains significance in it. The apparatus is an execution machine that not only tortures and ... More


The Road Not Taken: Germany’s Penal Colony Debate

Matthew P. Fitzpatrick

in Purging the Empire: Mass Expulsions in Germany, 1871–1914

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198725787
eISBN:
9780191792786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725787.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

While other European states such as Britain, France, and Russia had found it convenient to expel burdensome citizens to penal colonies such as New South Wales, New Caledonia, and Sakhalin, in Germany ... More


The Nature of Work

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter moves from questions of nature back to ones related to technology and development. It compares ecologies of work in the penal colony and the space center, and the place of improvisation ... More


Embodied Violence and the Leap from the Law: “In the Penal Colony” and The Trial

Jeff Fort

in The Imperative to Write: Destitutions of the Sublime in Kafka, Blanchot and Beckett

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823254699
eISBN:
9780823260836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254699.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter continues to develop the analysis of Kafka’s work from previous chapters through a discussion of the final “judgment stories,” “In the Penal Colony” and The Trial. It is shown that these ... More


Metaleptic Machines: Kafka, Kabbalah, Shoah

Russell Samolsky

in Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823234790
eISBN:
9780823241248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins with an analysis of the critical tradition that ascribes a prophetic status to Kafka's texts. Skeptical of the contention that Kafka's writings were realized after his death, it ... More


Prisoners from Indochina in the Nineteenth-Century French Colonial World

Lorraine M. Paterson

in Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853747
eISBN:
9780824868697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853747.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

From Equatorial French Africa to the penal colony of New Caledonia, the French administration of Indochina used various territories within the expanse of the French colonial world as sites of exile ... More


Producing the Periphery

Jonna M. Yarrington

in Locating Guyane

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941114
eISBN:
9781789629163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941114.003.0006
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter discusses the impact that changes in the French national sugar market—caused by the introduction of French-grown beet sugar—made on the conceptualisation of Guyane between 1800 and 1860. ... More


Penal Colonialism and National Sovereignty: Porras and the Liberal Reforms, 1912–1924

Ezer Vierba

in The Singer's Needle: An Undisciplined History of Panamá

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226342313
eISBN:
9780226342597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226342597.003.0001
Subject:
History, Latin American History

The chapter deals with the period of state-building under the Liberal Belisario Porras through a discussion of the construction of the penal colony in the Island of Coiba. While modern criminology ... More


Kafka and the Cold War: Fantasies of the Invisible Master

Sorin Radu Cucu

in The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254347
eISBN:
9780823260997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter analyzes the political dimensions of Franz Kafka's works. It focuses on Orson Welles' 1962 adaptation of Kafka's The Trial and the short story “In the Penal Colony.” It also explains how ... More


Patrick Chamoiseau and Rodolphe Hammadi in the Penal Colony: Photo-text and Memory-traces

in Photo-texts: Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310522
eISBN:
9781846316128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310522.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In 1993, the Martiniquan novelist Rodolphe Hammadi and Algerian photographer Patrick Chamoiseau visited France's notorious former penal colony, the Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands) in French Guiana. ... More


Grand Reporters in Guyane Bringing the Exotic Back Home

Kari Evanson

in Locating Guyane

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941114
eISBN:
9781789629163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941114.003.0003
Subject:
History, Latin American History

The 1923 publication of Albert Londres’ Au bagne signalled a watershed moment in the history of grand reportage in Third-Republic France. Following this investigation, each newspaper editor wanted ... More


Subaltern Migrations and the State

Philipp Zehmisch

in Mini-India: The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780199469864
eISBN:
9780199089116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199469864.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies), Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter considers the history of Andaman migration from the institutionalization of a penal colony in 1858 to the present. It unpicks the dynamic relationship between the state and the ... More


. Dispersal: Abakuá Exiled to Florida and Spanish Africa

Ivor L. Miller

in Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110836
eISBN:
9781604738148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110836.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter describes how Abakué was made illegal in 1875, with its members (as well as other anticolonials) dispersed to Spanish penal colonies in North and West Africa. Those who could escaped ... More


Mettray: A History of France's Most Venerated Carceral Institution

Stephen A. Toth

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501740183
eISBN:
9781501740190
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501740183.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The Mettray Penal Colony was a private reformatory without walls, established in France in 1840 for the rehabilitation of young male delinquents. Foucault linked its opening to the most significant ... More


The First Fagin

Alan Rosenthal

in The documentary diaries: Working experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781784993023
eISBN:
9781526109804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter illustrates the making of the feature docudrama “The First Fagin.” It is the story of a Jewish receiver of stolen goods who lived in London in 1820 and was thought to have been the ... More


Women’s Lives

Raylene Ramsay (ed.)

in Nights of Storytelling: A Cultural History of Kanaky-New Caledonia

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832223
eISBN:
9780824871284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from Les femmes bagnards by Odile Krakovitch, which appears in Regards de Femmes, the exhibition catalogue and anthology of texts on New Caledonian women. The text ... More


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