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The culture and politics of contemporary street gang memoirs

Author: Josephine Metcalf
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2012.
Series: UPCC book collections on Project MUSE., Literature collection.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The publication of Sanyika Shakur's Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Membe r 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  Read more...
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Metcalf, Josephine, 1975-
Culture and politics of contemporary street gang memoirs.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2012
(DLC) 2011045390
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Josephine Metcalf
ISBN: 9781617032820 1617032824 1280781904 9781280781902 1617032816 9781617032813
OCLC Number: 761196095
Description: 1 online resource (x, 245 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Books making a killing : an introduction --
From rage to rap and prison to print : social, cultural, and commercial contexts of emergence --
Homeboys between hard covers : scholarly approaches to the study of gang memoirs --
Killer books: the representations and politics of violence in gang memoirs --
Brothers who could kill with words : language, literacy, and the quest for education in gang memoirs --
Murderer, monster, novelist, or Nobel nominee? : press reception and media constructions --
Quick reads for reluctant readers : consuming gang memoirs --
Conclusions: still running --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: UPCC book collections on Project MUSE., Literature collection.
Responsibility: Josephine Metcalf.

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Focuses on three street gang memoirs memoirs - Shakur's Monster; Luis J. Rodriguez's Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.; and Stanley "Tookie" Williams' Blue Rage, Black Redemption.  Read more...

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