Friday, April 22, 2011

April 26--LAST CLASS, Class presentations part II

Same assignment as last time--watch the videos included on this GoogleDoc, post a question (or 2) on one or more of them, no artifact discussion.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 21--Class Presentations Part I

To see the videos for Day 1 of Class Presentations, go here:

For posting: one or 2 questions about one of the videos, or about the videos as a whole. (No artifact posting)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 19--Falsetto Men


  • Alice Echols (2010) “The Homo Superiors: Disco and the Rise of Gay Macho,” Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture


  • Tracks by Sylvester and Disco Tex & His Sexolettes on Blackboard


  • Sylvester "You Make Me Feel" video above

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 14--The Boy Band Boy

Hawkins, Stan. “[Un]Justified: Gestures of Straight-Talk in Justin Timberlake’s Songs.” In Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music, edited by Freya Jarman-Ivens, 197-212. New York: Routledge, 2007.


  • Justin Timberlake: "Rock Your Body," "Cry Me A River," "Right for Me," "Never Again" (tracks available in Blackboard)
  • (optional) Timberlake & Beyonce: "Single Ladies" 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 12-Guest: Dr. Mark Anthony Neal

*Note: You only need to do a question for this post. Also, a reminder that, as of 4/7, papers are now due **Wed, Apr 13 11:59PM**

Viewing (optional):

  • Neal talking about Michael Jackson's legacy in video above. It is long (around 50 min) but fascinating. He talks specifically about MJ & masculinity at 25:20.


  • Neal (2003) "Diggin' the Scene (With the Gangsta Lean)," from Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation
  • Neal (2001) “Another Man Is Beating My Time: Gender and Sexuality in Rhythm and Blues,” from American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century


  • Bilal Sayeed Oliver "Soul Sista," "Fast Lane," "For You"
  • Curtis Mayfield, "Freddie's Dead"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 7--MJ!!!


  • Cynthia Fuchs (1995) “Michael Jackson’s Penis,” from Cruising the Performative: Interventions into the Representation of Ethnicity, Nationality and Sexuality, ed. by Sue-Ellen Case, Philip Brett, and Susan Leigh Foster


  • MJ, "In the Closet," "Beat It," "Thriller"