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Walls and Bridges: Framing Lockdown through Metaphors of Imprisonment and Fantasies of Escape

Walls and Bridges: Framing Lockdown through Metaphors of Imprisonment and Fantasies of Escape
Walls and Bridges: Framing Lockdown through Metaphors of Imprisonment and Fantasies of Escape
Imprisonment as an impediment to movement (the disempowering and frustrating loss of autonomy) and a container (the perception of being closed in, precipitating feelings of claustrophobia and fantasies of escape) is a wellspring of metaphors that frame normative thinking and critical reflections in law and humanities scholarship. Reviewing critical academic and parliamentary committee commentary on the UK government’s public health restrictions alongside some key collections of pandemic poetry and art, the article considers how experiences of lockdown have been framed in the popular imagination by imprisonment metaphors, and reflects on the broader significance of these metaphors for law and humanities.
University of London
Gurnham, David
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Stychin, Carl
Gurnham, David
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Stychin, Carl

Gurnham, David (2022) Walls and Bridges: Framing Lockdown through Metaphors of Imprisonment and Fantasies of Escape. In, Stychin, Carl (ed.) Law, Humanities and the COVID Crisis. London. University of London. (In Press)

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Imprisonment as an impediment to movement (the disempowering and frustrating loss of autonomy) and a container (the perception of being closed in, precipitating feelings of claustrophobia and fantasies of escape) is a wellspring of metaphors that frame normative thinking and critical reflections in law and humanities scholarship. Reviewing critical academic and parliamentary committee commentary on the UK government’s public health restrictions alongside some key collections of pandemic poetry and art, the article considers how experiences of lockdown have been framed in the popular imagination by imprisonment metaphors, and reflects on the broader significance of these metaphors for law and humanities.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 456438
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/456438
PURE UUID: 823cf9f1-2a55-4fcc-8746-8a7edbfa9cb1
ORCID for David Gurnham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6807-7587

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2022 16:51
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:04

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Author: David Gurnham ORCID iD
Editor: Carl Stychin

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