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The Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics

African And African-american Studies 3010 - Spring 2019

As a hip-hop artist Kanye West 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 studey for interrogating the interplay between fame, gender, sexuality, and race. Mostly, we explore how racialized 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.
Course Attributes: EN HBU BAAS HUMAS SD IFA HUMAR HUMAS SC

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The Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics
INSTRUCTOR: McCune
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