A new English course at the University of Texas at Arlington is offering students the chance to closely study Beyoncé’s work, specifically the groundbreaking visual album “Lemonade.” The course is called “Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture” and it will analyze Bey’s latest album as it relates to black feminism.
The instructor of the course, Professor Kinitra Brooks, explains Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” as a “movement” and “meditation on contemporary black womanhood.” Students in the class will meet three times a week for an entire semester that is sectioned off into themes from the album’s track listing. The analysis kicks off with “Formation” and ends with “All Night” in December. Students will read supplemental theory, literary and blogs that work with the section’s correlating theme.
“The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism,” Professor Brooks writes in the syllabus. She goes on to mention that while it may seem like an entertaining offering, the three-credit course will ask students to work harder than they ever have.
“Studying race, gender, class and pop culture theory is incredibly fun…and incredibly hard,” she continues in the syllabus. “Do an internal check for your maturity and ability to handle such a self-directed course. There is no shame in deciding you are not ready.”
Would you sign up for the class?
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