Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rutgers University Offers Course on Beyonce

Rutgers University is currently offering a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé." Kevin Allred, a post-doc in the department of Women's and Gender studies, explains that he uses the singer's music, on-stage persona and personal life to examine race, gender and politics in Amerca. "She certainly pushes boundaries," Allred explained on the Rutgers news site. "While other artists are simply releasing music, she's creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona."

We decided to help out the students enrolled in the course, and came up with some foolproof, potential final paper topics:
"Decoding the Heteronormativity of Putting a Ring on It"
"All Black Everything: Race, Ethnicity and the Child from the Child from Destiny's Child"
"The Liminal Negotiation of Dancing in High-Heels"
"Politics, Gender and the Struggle for Being Ready for This Jelly"
"Power, Identity, and Thought in 'If I Were a Boy"
"99 Problems with 99 Problems But a Bitch Ain't One."

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