Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


English 101 Section A17. Writing about Prison and Prison Culture

There are more prisons in America than there are colleges and universities. This section of 101 will focus on how prisons work in our culture and in our lives. Evidence suggests that prison has become an industry and like any other industry, it requires capital to survive. In this case, people are the capital—specific groups of people. In this capacity, prisons, to a significant degree, dictate how our society looks and how it works. Prisons impact our schools and the private spaces of our lives. This course will use the essay as a primary method to examine how prisons work in both macrocosmic and microcosmic ways. Several different sub genres of the essay and styles of research will be expected throughout the semester.