Ashland University Professor to Give Book Reading

Ashland University Professor to Give Book Reading

10/30/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Maura Grady, assistant professor of English at Ashland University, will read from her book, The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World's Favorite Movie, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education.

The book features an in-depth analysis of the world’s most popular movie, The Shawshank Redemption, delving into issues such as the significance of race in the film, its cinematic debt to earlier genres, the gothic influences at work in the movie, and the representation of Andy’s poster art as cross-gendered signifiers.

In addition to exploring the film and novella from which it was adapted, this book also traces the history of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, which served as the film’s central location, and its relationship to the movie’s fictional Shawshank Prison.

The last chapter examines why this film has remained both a popular and critical success, inspiring diverse fan bases on the Internet and the evolution of the Shawshank Trail, which features 14 of the film’s actual site locations that have become a major tourist attractions in central Ohio.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###