Rutgers now offers a class on Queen Beyonce. The university’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is teaching a course called “Politicizing Beyonce,” and is taught by Kevin Allred.
Kevin Allred said, “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend.” According to Reuters it’s, “Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics. Allred pairs Beyoncé’s music videos and lyrics with readings from the Black feminist canon, including the writings of bell hooks, Alice Walker, and even abolitionist Sojourner Truth.”
University of Missouri Students can now take a course on Jay Z and Kanye West. No textbooks just Watch The Throne! Probably not, tho. The class sounds like an interesting examination of celebrities, capitalism and hip hop.
The course description reads:
“This course looks at the career and work of Jay-Z and Kanye West from three perspectives: (1) Where do they fit within, and how do they change, the history of hip-hop music? (2) How is what they do similar to and different from what poets do?, and (3) How does their rise to both celebrity and corporate power alter what we understand as the American dream? In addition to listening to music and watching videos, we will also read Jay-Z’s Decoded; histories of and critical works on rap music by Jeff Chang, Adam Bradley, and others; and one or two good studies of how poetry works.”
The course also has four goals:
“1) the history of poetic form in English, and how it does and doesn’t apply to rap; 2) the history of rap as a new art form; 3) how to do research into popular culture; and 4) most importantly, how to become a better, more knowledgeable listener to rap music.”