Would you pay to learn about Beyonce’s career? Well if your answer is yes then you might want to enroll at Rutgers University soon because your dream has come true. Details below:
Entitled “Politicizing Beyonce,” the course focuses on the entertainer’s career to “explore American race, gender and sexual politics.” The class is taught by Kevin Allred, a PhD student who lectures for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the New Brunswick, New Jersey college.
“This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed duringPresident Obama‘s inauguration weekend,” he said of the singer in an interview with Rutgers Today.
The curriculum compares and contrasts the 32-year-old vocalist’s lyrics to the black feminist movement, including the writings of Alice Walker and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, while exploring the extent of Beyonce’s control over her own aesthetic and image.
“While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career and her persona,” he said, adding that the “Drunk in Love” performer often challenges boundaries.
“It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis,” added Allred, who is currently writing his dissertation on how black female performers manipulate their vocal qualities in tone, timbre and pitch.