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…

What is an Autobiographical Author?:
Becoming the Other

[Published in Growing Up Transnational, Ed. Silvia Schultermandl.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.] “I know this and you don’t” (Steedman 1991, 2). These words written by Carolyn Steedman regarding her “unique” access to working class experiences elicit anger, indignation, dialogue, or even silence from…