Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
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Michael Jackson was universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance guy of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, mostly, pushed aside for his extraordinary race and gender modifications and confounding antics, at the same time he's typically reviled for the kid molestation fees two times introduced opposed to him. Whence the weirdness and alleged illegal activity? how one can account for Michael Jackson’s upward push and fall? In On Michael Jackson—an right now passionate, incisive, and bracing paintings of cultural analysis—Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for the recent York instances Margo Jefferson brilliantly unravels the complexities of 1 of the main enigmatic figures of our time.Who is Michael Jackson and what does it suggest to name him a “What Is It”? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe need to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his curious Victorian upbringing and his tenure as a toddler prodigy at the “chitlin’ circuit” tell his personality and multiplicity of selves? How is Michael Jackson’s superstar relating to the outrageous approval for nineteenth-century minstrelsy? what's the perverse attraction of kid stars for grown-ups and what's the cost of such stardom for those little ones and for us? What uncanniness provoked Michael Jackson to develop into “Alone of All His Race, on my own of All Her Sex,” whereas developing himself as an undeniably nice performer with neo-Gothic, dandy proclivities and a manufacturer of visionary tune movies? What will we locate so unnerving approximately Michael Jackson’s presumed monstrosity? in brief, how are all of us folks implicated?In her attractive first ebook, Margo Jefferson supplies us the incontrovertible lowdown on call-him-what-you-wish; she deals a robust reckoning with a critical, richly allusive signifier of yankee society and pop culture.