State Killing, the Stage of Innocence, and The Exonerated

  title={State Killing, the Stage of Innocence, and The Exonerated},
  author={Katy Ryan},
  journal={American Literature},
  • K. Ryan
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Art
  • American Literature
Ryan's essay analyzes the coordination of the innocence argument and sentimentality in Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated (2003), a documentary play based on interviews with people sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit. The play's composition, performance, and reception reveal the challenges of creating art that is aimed at social reform and confirm the difficulty in assessing the political function or, in Fredric Jameson's sense, the political unconscious of American… 
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