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31 January 2012 @ 05:59 pm
Beyoncé the Subject of New Rutgers College Course  
Beyoncé 101? Beyonce –singer, actress, new mother, fashion designer, L'Oreal pitchwoman- is the subject of lecturer Kevin Allred's new course, dubbed "Politicizing Beyoncé." The course is part of the Rutgers University's Women's and Gender Studies curriculum. Rutgers is a New Jersey institution, in case you din't know.

The class offers students the chance to watch Bey's music videos and explore how both her image and music have impacted and changed the world.

The course is as described as follows on the school's website: "The performer's music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics… Course topics include the extent of 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." Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

The course includes class discussions which will "often lead to other vocalists, including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lady Gaga, and contemporary musicians who embrace the soul singing tradition like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse." So it's all about the divas, but focuses on Bey.

Would you take this course or does it feel like fluff?
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