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The #1 New York Times Bestseller and inspirational memoir by Michelle Knight, whose survival story gripped the world and continues to inspire and offer hope. Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken. In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
Connections among theory, research, and practice are the heart and soul of criminology. This book offers a comprehensive and balanced introduction to criminology, demonstrating the value of understanding the relationships between criminological theory, research, and practice in the study of crime and criminal behavior. Utilising a range of case studies and thought-provoking features, it encourages students to think critically and provides a foundation for understanding criminology as a systematic, theoretically grounded science. It includes: A comprehensive overview of crime in American society, including the nature and meaning of crime and American criminal law as well as the scientific study of crime, A concise, straightforward, and practical approach to the study of the American criminal justice system and its various components, including individual chapters on police, courts, and corrections, An overview of criminological theory, including classical, biological, psychological and sociological approaches, A survey of typologies of criminological behavior including interpersonal violent crimes, property crime, public order crime, organized and white collar crime, state crime, environmental harm and cybercrime, Concluding thoughts exploring challenges facing criminal justice policy and the future of criminological theory. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes brand new chapters on corrections, courts, criminal law, law enforcement, and technology and cybercrime. It is packed with useful and instructive features such as themed boxed case studies in every chapter, critical thinking questions, lists of further reading, and links to e-resources. A companion website includes PowerPoint slides for lecturers, links to useful resources, and lists of further reading.
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In-depth and refreshingly readable, Splattered Ink is a bold analysis of postfeminist gothic, a literary genre that continues to jar readers, reject happy endings, and find powerful new ways to talk about violence against women. Sarah E. Whitney explores the genre's challenge to postfeminist assumptions of women's equality and empowerment. The authors she examines--Patricia Cornwell, Jodi Picoult, Susanna Moore, Sapphire, and Alice Sebold--construct narratives around socially invisible and physically broken protagonists who directly experience consequences of women's ongoing disempowerment. Their works ask readers to inhabit women's suffering and to face the uncomfortable, all-too-denied fact that today's women must navigate lives fraught with risk. Whitney's analysis places the authors within a female gothic tradition that has long given voice to women's fears of their own powerlessness. But she also reveals the paradox that allows the genre to powerfully critique postfeminism's often sunshiney outlook while uneasily coexisting within the same universe.
In this thesis, I apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of four popular captivity memoirs. Popular captivity memoirs are recent memoirs published by women who have been held captive whose stories were previously well known in the media. The four texts I work with are A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard, who was taken at age eleven and held captive for seventeen years at a home in Antioch, CA; My Story by Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her bedroom at age fourteen by Brian David Mitchell and held at a camp for nine months in the Utah hills; Finding Me, A Decade of Darkness A Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped at age twenty-one by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in Cleveland for ten years with two other women; and Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were held captive by Ariel Castro along with Knight. These texts are significant because they provide insight into how these women choose to frame their trauma in the written form intended for mass consumption. My analysis seeks to answer the questions: What are the significant themes, ideology, and messages that are contained within these narratives? How does the medium of a popular memoir deliver the narrative of trauma to fit the ideals and expectations of readers? How do the structures and framework resemble past structural narratives, and what do these similarities say about popular narratives? To address such questions, I (1) use genre theory to identify the components of the popular captivity memoir genre, (2) apply a structural analysis adapted from folklorist Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale to identify common functions of narrative, (3) identify and analyze common themes and narrative structures within the texts, and (4) explore recent texts in film and television that appear to be influenced by themes from popular captivity memoirs. By closely examining formulas, themes, and structures of the popular captivity memoirs, this thesis provides insight on how these memoirs both reflect and influence familiar narratives about reckoning with trauma.

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