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The Literary and Activist Works of Luis J. Rodríguez (2020)
Book Chapter
Metcalf, J. (2020). The Literary and Activist Works of Luis J. Rodríguez. In L. G. Mendoza (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Literature. New York: Oxford University Press

Luis J. Rodríguez is a Chicano memoirist, novelist, poet, children’s author, and activist. Born in 1954 in Mexico, his family migrated to the United States when he was young. As a youth, he spent many years immersed in the street gangs of Los Angeles... Read More about The Literary and Activist Works of Luis J. Rodríguez.

“ ‘O Prison Darkness … Lions in the Cage’; The ‘Exceptional’ Prison Narratives of Guantanamo Bay” (2020)
Book Chapter
Metcalf, J. (2020). “ ‘O Prison Darkness … Lions in the Cage’; The ‘Exceptional’ Prison Narratives of Guantanamo Bay”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media (67-87). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36059-7

Prison memoirs often consider the author’s life of crime prior to incarceration and reflect on the behaviors (e.g., greed) or structural violence (e.g., poverty, racism) that led them to the prison. But what happens then, when as in the case of Guant... Read More about “ ‘O Prison Darkness … Lions in the Cage’; The ‘Exceptional’ Prison Narratives of Guantanamo Bay”.

Hope Walks by Me: Justice & Liberty in the Lands of the Free: Poetry & Prose by Ex-Offenders (2019)
Book
Litten, R., & Metcalf, J. (Eds.). (2019). Hope Walks by Me: Justice & Liberty in the Lands of the Free: Poetry & Prose by Ex-Offenders. London: Barbican Press

Ex-prisoners in Hull joined together with writer Russ Litten and academic Josephine Metcalf for a series of writing workshops. Hope Walks By Me gathers the fruits of those months – individual poems by men and women, prose pieces, and ‘Group Poems’... Read More about Hope Walks by Me: Justice & Liberty in the Lands of the Free: Poetry & Prose by Ex-Offenders.

Foreword to Coventry (2019)
Book Chapter
Metcalf, J. (2019). Foreword to Coventry. . Livingston, Alabama: Livingston Press

A foreword to the 2019 re-released novel Coventry by Joseph Bathanti which won the Novello Literary Award in 2006.

African American culture and society after rodney king: Provocations and protests, progression and 'post-racialism' (2016)
Book
Metcalf, J., & Spaulding, C. (2016). J. Metcalf, & C. Spaulding (Eds.). African American culture and society after rodney king: Provocations and protests, progression and 'post-racialism'. Ashgate. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315565989

© Josephine Metcalf and Carina Spaulding 2015. 1992 was a pivotal moment in African American history, with the Rodney King riots providing palpable evidence of racialized police brutality, media stereotyping of African Americans, and institutional di... Read More about African American culture and society after rodney king: Provocations and protests, progression and 'post-racialism'.

The peacemaking producer of LA: Negotiating and representing gangs on reality TV (2016)
Book Chapter
Metcalf, J. (2016). The peacemaking producer of LA: Negotiating and representing gangs on reality TV. In Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production (201-230). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315603612-21

© Josephine Metcalf and Will Turner and the contributors 2014. Though the Los Angeles (LA) riots of 1992 have been extensively documented by news media, pop culture, and critics alike, the gang truce that succeeded the chaotic aftermath of the uprisi... Read More about The peacemaking producer of LA: Negotiating and representing gangs on reality TV.

Afterword (2015)
Book Chapter
Oldfield, J. (2015). Afterword. In J. Metcalf, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism' (303-307). Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315565989

Reviewing ‘Monsters'; the Press Reception and Media Constructions of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs (2012)
Journal Article
Metcalf, J. (2012). Reviewing ‘Monsters'; the Press Reception and Media Constructions of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs. Crime, media, culture : an international journal, 8(3), 333-353. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659012443228

In 1993, a new trend of memoirs began to emerge in the United States, exploring contemporary street gang life in the ghettos and barrios. The first memoirs in this cycle form the subject of this paper: Sanyika Shakur's Monster and Luis Rodriguez's Al... Read More about Reviewing ‘Monsters'; the Press Reception and Media Constructions of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs.