Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle

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Christopher R. Smit
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Music - 243 pages
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This volume features essays that aim to understand Michael Jackson from multiple perspectives, including critical cultural theory, musicology, art history, media studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, religious studies, literary theory, gender studies, performance studies, film studies, and African-American studies. Intended for classroom use as well as research and general interest, this book expands our understanding both of this fascinating figure himself and of gender, sexuality, celebrity, and popular culture.
 

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Contents

Captain eo and the Future
8
Freaks from On Michael Jackson ll
11
Michael Jackson Peter Pan and Queer
39
Man in the Mirror The Michael Jackson
67
Images of Michael Jackson
81
Putting the Music Back into Michael Jackson Studies
101
Michael Jackson as Science Fiction Character
131
Dancing with the Elephant Mans Bones
147
A Performance
167
The Religious Witness
181
Christianity and Celebrity
191
The Reconciliation of Michael
207
Bibliography
223
Index
239
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Christopher R. Smit is Associate Professor at the Department of Media Studies, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan in the USA.

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