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FYS 161/162: Incarceration Nation / LIT 499: Life Sentences: Home

research guide for students enrolled in Dr. Tarter's first year and senior seminar courses

Next Steps

Students looking for a deeper dive into literary research methods and sources should check out the main English libguide. The Find Book Reviews page of that guide contains an extensive list of publications that offer both contemporary and historical reviews of literary memoirs including those written by prisoners.

Also consider exploring the Find Books page of the Women's Autobiographies libguide.


Use this guide to complete Dr. Tarter's research assignments. If you have questions or wish to schedule a research consultation, see the appropriate links in the guide author box, right-hand column of this page.

See the Find Books page to access important books identified by Dr. Tarter.

FYS 161/162: Assignment Prompt

C. Group Project — "As a group, you are responsible for presenting your assigned topic or text to the class.... you and your group members are to investigate and research as many critical essays written on this topic or text as you can find; please note that the more research you locate, the better and stronger your presentation should prove to be."

Research topics:

  • Our Unique Brand of Incarceration
  • Racial Lines Behind Bars
  • Gender Disparity Behind Bars
  • Life In the Death House
  • Prisoners' Art and Writing Programs

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