The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Josephine Metcalf

The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs

University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: June 2012
ISBN: 9781617032820
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
$55.00
Our price:
$49.99

You save: $5.01 (9%)

The publication of Sanyika Shakur's Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member in 1993 generated a huge amount of excitement in literary circles--New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani deemed it a "shocking and galvanic book"--and set off a new publishing trend of gang memoirs in the 1990s. The memoirs showcased tales of violent confrontation and territorial belonging but also offered many of the first journalistic and autobiographical accounts of the much-mythologized gang subculture.

In The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, Josephine Metcalf focuses on three of these memoirs--Shakur's Monster; Luis J. Rodriguez's Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.; and Stanley "Tookie" Williams's Blue Rage, Black Redemption--as key representatives of the gang autobiography. Metcalf examines the conflict among violence, thrilling sensationalism, and the authorial desire to instruct and warn competing within these works. The narrative arcs of the memoirs themselves rest on the process of conversion from brutal, young gang bangers to nonviolent, enlightened citizens.

Metcalf analyzes the emergence, production, marketing, and reception of gang memoirs. Through interviews with Rodriguez, Shakur, and Barbara Cottman Becnel (Williams's editor), Metcalf reveals both the writing and publishing processes. This book analyzes key narrative conventions, specifically how diction, dialogue, and narrative arcs shape the works. The book also explores how the memoirs are consumed. This interdisciplinary study--fusing literary criticism, sociology, ethnography, reader-response study, and editorial theory--brings scholarly attention to a popular, much-discussed, but understudied modern expression.

Please sign in to review this product.
Devices:
The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
2385 Kb
Language:
ENG
Copy From Text:
Enabled. Limit of 20 selections within 20 days.
Printing:
Enabled. Limit of 20 pages within 20 days.
Other books by Josephine Metcalf
African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism' ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Josephine Metcalf
African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism'
Josephine Metcalf & Carina Spaulding
Routledge, March 2016
ISBN: 9781472455390
Format: ePub, PDF
List Price: $54.95 Our price: $50.99
Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Josephine Metcalf
Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production
Josephine Metcalf & Josephine Dr Metcalf & Will Turner & Will Dr Turner
Ashgate, June 2014
ISBN: 9781472418357
Format: ePub, PDF
List Price: $49.95 Our price: $46.99