Ain't I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy
By Kevin Allred
In 2010, 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 what it means to build a syllabus around a celebrity. 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. Combining analysis with classroom anecdotes, 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.
- 392 pages
- Feminist Press (6/11/19)
- 5.2 x 0 x 7.5 inches