Media Studies and the Academic Elite

[Published in Quest of a Discipline:  New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. Cambridge University Press,  Feb 2012] American actor and recent Academy Award co-host, James Franco, has in the past eighteen months been arguably one of the most productive people of celebrity on the planet.  Just…

Michael Jackson and the Myth of Race and Gender

[Published in Michael Jackson:  Grasping the Spectacle.  London:  Ashgate, 2011] “To be different is to lead a life of pain and persecution” —Nip/Tuck Many writers and theorists have attempted to deconstruct the persona of Michael Jackson from his superstar emergence in 1979 with the studio release…