CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 003 Michael Jackson Race and Genius in America
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course will explore Michael Jackson’s place as a paradigm shifting artist in American popular culture. Assessing his art will entail as well the impact of his personal life not only on his art but on his legacy and image. Although this class will delineate the many aspects of his genius and philanthropic work, it will not shy away from the troubling questions of litigation, race and the aesthetic of whiteness. Is race an important factor in analyzing Michael Jackson’s “fall” in America. Who writes and tells the Stories of Michael Jackson’s life. How do masculinist ideas shape the perception of this iconic performer. The skepticism about him was somehow marginalized after he died and his funeral was covered as an event of the state. Which performer in the world today would garner such mourning. The personal lives of some great artists of the last century will be examined as an overview of the complexity of genius. It is necessary also to understand Michael Jackson’s place outside of America for example, bollywood choreographers admit the seminal influence of Michael Jackson on their own work. Regardless of where you are in the world and despite the language difference Michael Jackson’s music will be on the radio. His music, his dance, his biography, controversial interviews and both mass media and intellectual analyses and writings will represent some of the educational material for this class. This class will not be sycophantic. The objective is to extricate from the din and noise the essence of this American genius and how his art is a syncretism of the powerful African American traditions of music and performance as well as the musical masters of American theatre and film.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets with History 302.001
003 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Excel 1117 South University
Course pack will be ready week of the 11th. Jan.
ISBN: 9780307277657
On Michael Jackson, Author: Margo Jefferson., Publisher: Vintage Books 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780307716989
Moonwalk, Author: by Michael Jackson., Publisher: Harmony Books 2009 re-is 2009
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