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'The Second Shore'

The Poetry of Male and Female Political Prisoners in Postwar Poland

Anna Muller

This essay explores a body of 340 poems created by political prisoners who were accused of and imprisoned for anti-state activity in late 1940s and 1950s Stalinist Poland. Evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, I understand the process of composing a poem as the result of a prisoner’s need to document the world around her/himself, as a psychological activity that contained diffi cult prison experiences, as a negotiation of emotional and often conflicting states, and as a social practice through which prison poets affected themselves and the people around them. Situated somewhere at the intersection of the personal and political, poetry became one of the most powerful sites of resistance. In addition to evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, this essay also explores gender differences and similarities in the body of 340 poems discussed here and in the social function of the prison poems.

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Philippine Prison Marriages

The Politics of Kinship and Women's Composite Agency

Sif Lehman Jensen

they had been incarcerated. On this basis, I ask why women marry political prisoners. 2 This question allows for an exploration of different forms of agency nested in the women's decision to marry political prisoners against the backdrop of political

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Elaine MacKinnon

This article analyzes the Gulag memoirs of four women political prisoners—Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, Liudmila Miklashevskaya, Nadezhda Joffe, and Valentina Grigorievna levleva-Pavlenko—to examine the interplay of motherhood and survival. Each was a mother of small children sentenced to forced labor camps in the northern polar regions of the Soviet Union. Motherhood played a complex role in their survival. The rupture in family relations, particularly the separation from their children, magnified the psychological and emotional stress of their incarceration. Yet, being a mother in the camps provided a compelling motivation to stay alive. It helped them to sustain a sense of normalcy by connecting them to their former lives and to the family unit that represented stability and sustenance amid the bleakness of their Gulag existence.

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Chaos in Siberia

New Scholarship on Exile in the Late Russian Empire

Jeffrey S. Hardy

both impulses simultaneously. One commander, wrote a visiting inspector, “bent” the political prisoners to his will through a combination of harsh discipline and good living conditions. 38 Ultimately, the experience of exiles was highly dependent on

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The Costs of German Division

A Research Report

Werner Pfennig, Vu Tien Dung, and Alexander Pfennig

is difficult to determine from which federal ministry’s budget the specific amounts actually originated. Another example is the buyout-scheme for political prisoners, where the Federal Republic paid the gdr for their release. There are no official

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Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

, former political prisoner, speaking at an artistic commemoration of torture committed during the former regime held in November 2012 at the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice ( Abdellaoui 2012 ). Five years after Tunisia’s uprising in the

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Bande dessinée and the Penal Imaginary

Graphic Constructions of the Carceral Archipelago

Charles Forsdick

are the forgotten travel stories of, for instance, Kabyle political prisoners deported to New Caledonia following the Mokrani rebellion of March 1871 or Algerians convicted of civil crimes condemned to periods of forced labour in French Guiana. 5

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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

and injustices associated with incarceration. Since 2011, organizations representing the interests of former political prisoners have become increasingly visible in the domestic penal landscape, where reforms have recently been applied. Increasing

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Therese Sandrup

the governor of St. Petersburg, Fjodor Trepov, had ordered the illegal whipping of a political prisoner, who had failed to take off his hat again when the governor crossed the prison yard a second time. Zasulich waited in vain for the public outrage

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Gender and Empire

The Imprisonment of Women in Eighteenth-Century Siberia

Gwyn Bourlakov

political prisoners, female religious schismatics, and morally tainted women. Previously untapped archives from the Tobol'sk Ecclesiastical Court, the Dalmatov Uspenskii Monastery, the Dalmatov Vvedenskii Convent in Western Siberia, and the records of the