As a self-described literary nerd, intersectional feminist scholar and pop culture enthusiast, English Professor Shannon Wilson is excited to offer a new course this fall inspired by Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade.” English 266: Women Writers, which she refers to as “The Lemonade Edition” will use the pop star’s recent cultural phenomenon as an entry point into the rich literary and academic writing traditions and practices of black women.
The course syllabus will have students reading a number of texts referenced throughout the album, along with Beyonce’s own contributions to conversations focused on the identity and experiences of black women.
“I hope that seeing pop culture reflected in literary and academic work will get students excited,” Wilson said. “When I first saw ‘Lemonade,’ I was thrilled by how literary it is. I could see Toni Morrison’s southern gothic style from her novel ‘Beloved;’ author bell hooks’ concept of “homeplace;” and Patricia Hill Collins’ writings about the lasting effects of slavery on the romantic and familial relationships between black men and women in her seminal book ‘Black Feminist Thought.’”
Students who are interested in learning more about the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality as they are written about and experienced by black women will enjoy this course, according to Wilson. “We will read, discuss and learn from some beautiful, passionate, heartbreaking, powerful, gut-wrenching, inspiring, magical writing in this class, so if that sounds like something you would like to be a part of, then register now!” she said.
“While I am the professor of this course, I want students to understand that I am there to facilitate their learning and engagement with the authors, their texts and the thematic concerns represented in these texts,” she added. “I am not there to speak for black women or act as an expert on their experiences.”
The course will also feature a number of nontraditional assignment options that are currently in development. “Beyonce and many others have shown us that the academic essay is not the only way to grapple with these themes, in order to participate in these conversations,” she said.
The course, listed as English 266: Women Writers, is already filling up, so interested students should not hesitate to enroll soon!
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