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Dr Jo Metcalf

Lecturer in American History and Culture

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Histories Languages and Cultures

Summary

Josephine Metcalf is an American Studies lecturer who is interested in contemporary representations of prison and gangs in American pop-culture. Her first monograph, entitled The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, was released in 2012 and she has co-edited two collections of essays, one on Ice-T (with Will Turner, Ashgate, 2014) and the other on African American culture and society after Rodney King (with Carina Spaulding, Ashgate, 2015). She is currently working with a group of former prisoners on a British Academy-funded research project, entitled Prison, Pop-Culture, and Transatlantic Perspectives: How Former UK Prisoners Interpret American (Penal) Culture.

Book

The culture and politics of contemporary street gang memoirs

Metcalf, J. The culture and politics of contemporary street gang memoirs. The University of Hull

Rapper, writer, pop-cultural player : Ice-T and the politics of black cultural production

(2014). Rapper, writer, pop-cultural player : Ice-T and the politics of black cultural production

Book Chapter

White lies and black consequences: Margaret Jones and the complex dynamics of the publishing industry

Metcalf, J. (2015). White lies and black consequences: Margaret Jones and the complex dynamics of the publishing industry. From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The help : critical perspectives on white-authored narratives of black life, 143 - 157. Palgrave Macmillan

Journal Article

From rage to rap and prison to print: social, cultural and commercial contexts in the emergence of gang memoirs

Metcalf, J. (2009). From rage to rap and prison to print: social, cultural and commercial contexts in the emergence of gang memoirs. European journal of American studies, 4(2), https://doi.org/10.4000/ejas.7651

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Metcalf welcomes applications in - Contemporary African American and Mexican American popular culture and literature - Street gang / prison culture - Reader / audience reception studies Completed PhDs - Representation of the girl gang and gang girl in films since 1980s (2013-2016).