Austen Unbound: Teaching Persuasion in Prison

This essay explores the challenges of teaching literature in the unique setting of higher education programs in correctional institutions. Based on the author's experience teaching a romantic-literature course in prison, it explores some of the cultural and logistical obstacles at play in prison education and possibilities for how these obstacles can be successfully negotiated. Finally, it suggests possible examples of how to adapt Austen for other nontraditional audiences.