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The University of Texas at San Antonio is offering a new class that focuses on Beyoncé and her monumental album LEMONADE, as well as her “Formation” video.
Beyoncé Knowles’ 2016 audiovisual project, LEMONADE, has become a movement. Professor Harry M. Benshoff, a film scholar at the University of North Texas, proclaims that Beyoncé got the entire world to watch a 55-minute avant-garde film. LEMONADE is a meditation on contemporary black womanhood. The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism, which feature prominently in LEMONADE. We will use LEMONADE as a starting point to examine the sociocultural issues that are most prominent in black womanhood through black feminist theory, literature, music, and film.
As outlined in her syllabus, every few weeks features a new theme headlined by LEMONADE tracks. From Aug. 29 to Sep. 9, the focus is on “Formation,” then it goes to “Pray You Catch Me,” (Sept. 12 to Sept. 16), “Hold Up,” (Sept. 19 to Sep. 30), “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (Oct. 3 to Oct. 7), “Sorry” (Oct. 10 to Oct. 14), “6 Inch” (Oct. 17 to Oct. 21), “Daddy Lessons” (Oct. 24 to Oct. 28), “Love Drought” (Oct. 31 to Nov. 11), “Sandcastles/Forward” (Nov. 14 to Nov. 18), “Freedom” (Nov. 21 to Nov. 25), and “All Night” (Nov. 28 to Dec. 12).
She noted that the class won’t be just an easy A for listening to Beyoncé all fall/winter. She wants her students to work hard and gain something from the experience. “The course will be new, fun, and exciting—but I expect my students to come in hungry for knowledge and open to new theories about race and gender in popular culture," Brooks told UTSA magazine.
Check out her syllabus below. For more courses Dr. Brooks is teaching, you can find them here.