Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Theory and Criticism


Dr.Nandita Biswas-Mellamphy


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.



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