Date of Award
Master of Arts
Theory and Criticism
This thesis explores Ashley Smith’s experiences in the Canadian Correctional Facilities, and attempts to explore the ways in which her experiences were enframed by a heavily biopoliticized system. I demonstrate the ways in which, when traditional avenues of recourse failed, Ashley used her body and the objects in her seclusion cell as a means of communicating her dissatisfaction. Several theorists have thought about the intersection o f made objects and selfhood - Hannah Arendt and Elaine Scarry among them - and I use these theorists, along with Julia Kristeva and Jacques Rancière, to consider that 'speech’ can manifest itself in many different ways.
Rooney, Laura Colleen, "Contemplating Suicide: Responding to the Life and Death of Ashley Smith" (2011). Digitized Theses. 3288.