Washington University Offers College Course on Kanye WestBy Audri Taylors, UniversityHerald Reporter
Kanye West is used to being the topic of discussion and this time, an instructor takes it to the next level by teaching a course and discussing the cultural effects of the musical artist and rapper.
According to International Business Times, the Washington University in St. Louis is now teaching a class about Kanye West with a college course entitled "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics". Dr. Jeffrey McCune, an associate professor in the African-American Studies and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at the university will teach the course.
75 students are currently registered for the lesson, Complex reported. The course will tackle Mr. West as a case study for interrogating the interplay between fame, gender, sexuality and race, according to the course description.
McCune claims that he has liked this idea for a long time and that he has wanted to teach a course that looks at a black genius and the impossibility of a black genius for the American public. He said that it is because black Americans are always thought of as someone who is smart and articulate but not really a genius, and for him, West makes use of hip-hop as a means to showcase his talents.
The schedule of lectures for this course will be happening every Tuesdays and will have the syllabus which will touch topics like "I Love Kanye, or How Critique Slips Into Hate;" "Love Lockdown, or Hip-Hop's Queer Love Languages;" and "Father Stretch My Hands, or How Hip-Hop Takes Us to Church."
While the past year may have been a little rough for West, the course intends to probe many themes associated with the artist which will include his music as well as the relationship between blackness and fame.