Black Girl Alchemy: Beyonce and Black Feminism

HOUSECS 59.02

Spring 2017

Monday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Keohane 4D/201 SEM

An introduction to Black feminist theory and scholars through a pop culture lens, focusing on the work of Beyoncé. We pair music videos and songs from Beyoncé’s repertoire with Black feminist scholarly work and modern think pieces to study themes of relationships, sexuality, work, gender equality, racism, activism, and the African diaspora. By analyzing her work and status as a pop culture icon, the course aims to contextualize Beyoncé in black feminist theories and engage critiques from prominent black feminist writers. 

Instructor(s): 
  • Farzain Rahman, frr5@duke.edu; Martina Tiku, mbt15@duke.edu
Sponsor/Department: 
  • Adriane Lentz-Smith, African-American Studies
Class Limit: 
20