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Carceral FantasiesCinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America$
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Alison Griffiths

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161060

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161060.001.0001

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A Different Story

A Different Story

Recreation and Cinema in Women’s Prisons and Reformatories

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(p.191) Chapter Five A Different Story
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Carceral Fantasies
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Alison Griffiths

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161060.003.0006

Chapter 5: “A Different Story: Recreation and Cinema in Women’s Prisons and Reformatories” explores how women incarcerated in prisons and reformatories at the turn-of-the-last century first encountered modern media such as magic lantern slides, phonographs, and motion pictures and why film exhibition began later in the women’s prison than in male institutions. Using New York State Prison for Women in Auburn and Bedford Hills Women’s Reformatory as case studies, the chapter considers what alternative models of women’s recreation were deemed suitable and what happened on occasions when women were shown motion pictures.

Keywords:   Women’s prisons, Auburn Prison, Bedford Hills Women’s Reformatory

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