This comes as a bit of a shock to me, but on my daily surf of the web for music industry news I came across an article saying that Rutgers University is now offering a class called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” which uses her music and career to “explore American race, gender and sexual politics.”
Wait! HOLD UP! Are you telling me there is a class about Bey? Beyoncé? Yoncé? #lifealert #heartattack #transferringtorutgers
“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” says class teacher Kevin Allred, according to an interview with the campus newspaper Rutgers Today.
The course will compare and contrast the “Drunk in Love” singer’s music videos and lyrics with important works from the Black Feminist movement, including the writings of Alice Walker and the abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
Drunk in Love
compared to Alice
and Sojourner Truth
Rutgers thinks that Beyoncé is a fitting candidate for this kind of course, given her “larger-than-life presence in American culture”.
“She certainly pushes boundaries,” says the class’ teacher. “While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”
I can certainly agree with him on that sentiment. Beyoncé has seemed to create quite a persona for herself in the world known for class, boldness, and sex appeal. She’s the quintessential modern woman in today’s culture.
According to Mr. Allred, the course will tackle issues like “the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic” and “whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical.”
This class sounds really interesting to me actually! HAHA
Oh and by the way…Georgetown University is offering a class named “The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Theodicy of Jay-Z,” which focuses on Beyoncé’s hubby.
Still going strong in 2014 huh, Jay and Yoncé? 😀