Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle
Christopher R. Smit
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Music - 243 pages
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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