This essay reviews three recently published books that stand at the intersection of queer/trans studies and critical prison studies. These books show the multiple and complex ways that queerness pervades the US prison system and the devastating effects of criminalization and incarceration on queer, gender- and sexual-nonconforming, and LGBT people. The author argues that this scholarship also demonstrates the need for queer and trans studies to engage with the US prison system and for critical prison studies to use queer analytics and examine the incarceration of queer and LGBT people.
Elias Walker Vitulli; Queering the Carceral: Intersecting Queer/Trans Studies and Critical Prison Studies. GLQ 1 January 2013; 19 (1): 111–123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-1729563
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