On Michael Jackson

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10 janv. 2006 - 144 pages

In On Michael Jackson—an at once passionate, incisive, and bracing work of cultural analysis—Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The New York Times Margo Jefferson brilliantly unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time.

Who is Michael Jackson and what does it mean to call him a “What Is It”? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his curious Victorian upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy on the “chitlin’ circuit” inform his character and multiplicity of selves? How is Michael Jackson’s celebrity related to the outrageous popularity of nineteenth-century minstrelsy? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? What uncanniness provoked Michael Jackson to become “Alone of All His Race, Alone of All Her Sex,” while establishing himself as an undeniably great performer with neo-Gothic, dandy proclivities and a producer of visionary music videos? What do we find so unnerving about Michael Jackson’s presumed monstrosity? In short, how are we all of us implicated?

In this stunning book, Margo Jefferson gives us the incontrovertible lowdown on call-him-what-you-wish; she offers a powerful reckoning with a quintessential, richly allusive signifier of American society and popular culture.

 

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ON MICHAEL JACKSON

Avis d'utilisateur  - Kirkus

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jefferson offers her sensible, outraged two cents on the sad plight of the beleaguered pop star.A child star and a freak are often one and the same, Jefferson smartly ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Carlie - LibraryThing

Less a biography and more of a social commentary on events surrounding and actions taken by Michael Jackson. The author touches on child fame and how society and the entertainment industry sexualizes ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Alone of All His Race Alone of All Her
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The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson previously served as book and arts critic for Newsweek and the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, VogueNew York MagazineThe Nation, and Guernica. Her memoir, Negroland, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

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