When I wrote about Rutgers University offering a class on Beyonce last year, I thought it was very interesting, but a bit atypical of the courses usually available to college students. Now it seems as if other universities are jumping on the pop culture train & offering courses on some of today’s most popular artists.
Georgetown University University of Maryland is the latest school to provide an entertainment-focused course, this time on Beyonce, Nicki Minaj AND Lady Gaga. According to The Jasmine Brand, the Women’s Studies department at University of Maryland Georgetown University is offering a special course to students in their advanced special topics segment. Next semester, “Lady Gaga,Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj: Gender and Spectacular Consumption” will be available for students to take as an elective.
According to American Studies professor Jeremy McCune, who created the class, it will examine pop culture’s consumption with the three megastars through looking at their clothes, fashion, and performances. He explained:
“The goal of this course is to look at the repertoire and work of these folks … and figure out how it is that we can have a discussion about these women as spectacular. The invention of the Internet and the web has created a circulation of these courses and their syllabi in a way that makes them — once again — spectacular, and they’ve become spectacles. I think that it’s important that education stay both fun, critical and political. This trio of women seem to be entering into a historic moment where we’re seeing much more experimental performances. Much more abstraction, much more play with gender, and we’re also seeing some moments where there are clear articulations of a feminist theory within the work.”
As a current college student, I’m sure the intellectual discourse in this class would be both profound & funny. Your thoughts?