Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask by Harriet J. ManningMichael Jackson and the Blackface Mask traces Michael Jacksons dance moves and imagery back to the blackface minstrel show tradition, for which white dancers wore black masks and parodied black people. The racism that motivated the minstrel show lives on in black stereotypes (Blacks as mad, bad and dangerous) and Harriet J. Manning argues that this was at the source of many of the troubles that Michael Jackson had to face.
Yet at the same time, Michael Jackson fought hard against this tradition: Manning suggests he took the traditional blackface mask and deconstructed it in a powerful act of reclamation in which black self-representation was showcased, celebrated and set free.
Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson and the blackface mask
Harriet J. Manning argues that the nineteenth-century blackface minstrelsy's legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson, in whom minstrelsy's gestures and tropes are embedded. The author further contends that minstrelsy's assumptions and uses have been fundamental to the troubles and controversies with which Jackson was beset. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item A scholarly work to be sure.
Generally delivered in 6 - 10 days. Item is available at. Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music and its audience. Harriet J. Manning argues that this legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson in whom minstrelsy s gestures and tropes are embedded. During the nineteenth century, blackface minstrelsy held together a multitude of meanings and when black entertainers took to the stage this complexity was compounded: minstrelsy became an arena in which black stereotypes were at once enforced and critiqued.
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