"A fierce, full-bodied examination of our queen's indelible contributions to pop culture and feminism. Read it!"
-JANET MOCK, AUTHOR OF REDEFINING REALNESS AND SURPASSING CERTAINTY
In 2010—long before the release of Lemonade—Professor Kevin Allred created the university course “Politicizing Beyoncé” to both wide acclaim and controversy. He outlines his pedagogical philosophy in Ain’t I a Diva?, exploring the process of teaching Beyoncé and what it means to use a superstar to blow up the canon. Allred brings his syllabus to life by pairing music videos and songs with historical and academic texts, and combines analysis with classroom anecdotes. Topics range from a capitalist critique of “Run the World (Girls)” to the politics of self-care found in “Flawless”; Beyoncé’s art is read alongside Black feminist thinkers including Kimberlé Crenshaw, Octavia Butler, and Sojourner Truth.
Interrogating the entertainer’s career through a media studies lens, Allred attests that pop culture is so much more than a guilty pleasure—it’s an access point for education, entertainment, critical inquiry, and politics.
Introduction by Cheryl Clarke
Cover Illustration by Emerald Pellot/GRL TRBL
Forthcoming from The Feminist Press at CUNY
(and don't forget to also request Ain't I A Diva? at local indie book stores, schools, and libraries!)