Georgetown has a class on Jay-Z and there’s a textbook on Kanye West…. But what about Beyoncé?
Rutgers University’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies has a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé”.
The course is taught by doctoral student and lecturer Kevin Allred, who previously taught four semesters of Women’s Studies 101.
During the course, Allred compares Beyoncé’s work to more traditional Black feminist readings, such as the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth.
“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”.
In a feature with Rutgers Today Kevin Allred gives more insight on “Politicizing Beyoncé” and his motives for teaching the class.