For years now, academics have been studying the influence of pop culture on our lives. Classes about the blues, rock n’ roll, and hip hop have sprung up across the country and are now staples on university campuses. But a new course aiming to study the “Politicizing” of superstar Beyonce Knowles is causing quite a stir.
While it’s hard to deny Beyonce’s strangle-hold on pop culture during the last decade, Rutgers University lecturer Kevin Allred is turning a critical eye to the singer’s work. Comparing Bey’s music along side the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth, the course covers such topics as, “Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, ‘Sasha Fierce.'”
For those that think this is just a course for Beyonce’s stans, Allred explains, “This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”
The course will take a look at Beyonce’s impact along side that of other artists like Billie Holiday, Lady Gaga, and Nina Simone.
What do you think of the course? Would you take it?