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Surveilling, Regulating, Society-Mimicing Institutions In this chapter, Foucault brings out how the prison system is necessarily modeled after forms inherent in society. Since the prison system is “an apparatus for transforming individuals… it must assume responsibility for all aspects of the individual” (233). In order to do so in a just, but sufficiently austere manner, the prison system must exist as a model accepted by society. The survielling (the overlooking of a prisoner’s physical training, aptitude to work, moral conduct) and regulating (the controlling of all prisoners’ actions and thus thoughts) functions of the prison mimic the traits of schools, armies, and hospitals. In taking away the universally equal currency of time and liberty, the prison system must have society’s approval. It does so by using existing functional models within society itself to operate as a disciplinary mechanism for the society it serves. The Emergence of the New Detective Just as Ludwig Beethoven bridged the Classical and Romantic periods of music, Dürrenmatt’s Inspector Barlach bridges the old (astute scientist) and new (examiner of human tendency) versions of the detective character in the German detective genre. In older detective stories, the author gains his readership’s trust by appealing to his reader’s rationale and making him rely on the detective’s use of the scientific method (i.e. Poe’s Dupin and Doyle’s Holmes). Although Barlach shows an impressive ultimate deployment of calculated method to solve the case: “Tschanz listened to the merciless chess player who had checkmated him … ‘You played with me,’ Tschanz said slowly” (91), Dürrenmatt highlights Barlach’s lack of reliance on scientific method in “The Judge and
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course GE 13186 taught by Professor Mcchesney during the Fall '08 term at Notre Dame.

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