Library of Congress

Authorities & Vocabularies

The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service

From Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms

Prison fiction

  • Fiction that features prisons and prison life.
  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Form

    • Prison fiction
  • Broader Terms

  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: Cheever, John. Falconer, 1977(a prison novel)
    • found: Wikipedia, Mar. 16, 2018:Falconer (novel) (Falconer is a 1977 novel by American short story writer and novelist John Cheever. It tells the story of Ezekiel Farragut, a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in Falconer State Prison for the murder of his brother. Farragut struggles to retain his humanity in the prison environment, and begins an affair with a fellow prisoner.)
    • found: Gharāyibah, Hāshim. The cat who taught me how to fly : an Arab prison novel, 2017.
    • found: Massey, Dennis. The modern American prison novel, 1985.
    • found: Werner, David R. Joint images : an annotated bibliography of prison fiction, 1990.
    • found: Büssing, Sabine. Of captive queens and holy panthers : prison fiction and male homoerotic experience, ©1990.
    • found: Kennedy, Sarah. Some prison fiction (Pearce, Highsmith, Greer, Bathanti), in Shenandoah, v. 66, no. 1 (2016), viewed online Mar. 16, 2018(Writers of fiction have used prisons as settings for centuries; In novels, the prison itself is usually one of several locations, and, in films, generally the setting that the characters leave behind. When inmates don't, or can't, escape, the prison is the site of an inmate's unlikely heroics or redemption; Novels unfolding primarily in prisons are less common than films, but they tend to provide more realistic, stark details about a prison life. Almost a sub-genre of crime fiction, prison fiction, particularly by American novelists, uses the physical buildings almost as characters--and certainly as metaphors for crime and guilt; prison fiction often shows that the differentiation between being "inside" or "outside" is less distinct than we may believe)
  • General Notes

    • Fiction that features prisons and prison life.
  • Change Notes

    • 2018-03-16: new
    • 2018-06-15: revised
  • Alternate Formats

Suggest terminology

The LC Linked Data Service welcomes any suggestions you might have about terminology used for a given heading or concept.

Would you like to suggest a change to this heading?

Please provide your name, email, and your suggestion so that we can begin assessing any terminology changes.

Fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.