A new course of study has been introduced at Washington University in St. Louis, United States.
According to reports, this course will see the students examine the world and life of superstar rapper, Kanye West.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 75 third year students have already registered for the course which is titled, “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics”.
Professor, Jeffrey McCune, of the institution noted that the course which began this week in January will focus on the rapper, producer and fashion designer and it will offer a way for students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.
He gave the course description saying, “Kanye West As a hip-hop artist has had unprecedented impact on the sonic force of music, fashion, politics, and videography.
”Coupling his controversial moments, with his corpus of musical texts with special focus on sonic production, this course illuminates Mr West as a case study for interrogating the interplay between fame, gender, sexuality, and race.
“Mostly, we explore how racialised ways of doing iconography, complex ways of seeing, creates a distorted or reductive frame through which we see the black and famous.
”Nonetheless, the course oscillates with entertaining these nuances, while being entertained by the decade-long catalogue of music and visual imagery.
“Together, we extract the ‘Politics of Mr West’ in his music and life, while also illuminating the importance of a politics of genius-making in the larger arc of black pop culture tradition.”