Kathrina Sarah, Litchfield. MA (Master of Arts) Thesis. University of Iowa Graduate College (Iowa City, IA).
The author "assert[s] that there is opportunity for advancing the parallel benefits of transformational reading practice and the empathic encounters encouraged in a restorative justice program. In order to support the aims of both projects, a strong prison library system is required. I also envision a reading program that does not rely solely on the affective content of literature, but on the cognitive work of reading itself, as described through Theory of Mind, an approach that has not been documented previously in prison literacy interventions. Bringing these approaches together for the first time enables me to imagine an intervention that treats both the affective response to varieties of the human experience, as well as exercising the cognitive skills used in forming self-identity, perspective, and interpersonal sensitivity. I recommend both of these approaches as opportunities to re-imagine our way out of this critical impasse" (p. 43).