Dr Jo Metcalf

Dr Jo Metcalf

Senior Lecturer in American History and Culture

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies

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.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

The Literary and Activist Works of Luis J. Rodríguez

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

“ ‘O Prison Darkness … Lions in the Cage’; The ‘Exceptional’ Prison Narratives of Guantanamo Bay”

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

Foreword to Coventry

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

“Narrating Prison Violence and Masculinity in the Shaun Attwood Trilogy”

Metcalf, J. (2018). “Narrating Prison Violence and Masculinity in the Shaun Attwood Trilogy”. In Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing IdentityPalgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96785-1

Other

Why Rap Should Share a Stage with Poetry and Jazz

Metcalf, J., & Turner, W. (2015). Why Rap Should Share a Stage with Poetry and Jazz

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Prison Culture & Creative Writing

Funder

ACE Arts Council of England

Grant

£12,255.00

Started

1 September 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Seed Funding: UK-US Collaborative Workshop On Violence

Funder

British Academy

Grant

£1,400.00

Started

1 April 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Prison, Pop-Culture, and Transatlantic Perspectives: How UK (ex) Prisoners Interpret American (Penal) Culture

Funder

HCC Hull City Council

Grant

£1,350.00

Started

1 September 2018

Status

Complete

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).