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January 30, 2014 11:05 AM But We Should Get Worried If Someone Teaches a Class About His Girlfriend

By Daniel Luzer

Have you got a soft spot for overproduced R & B music? Have you always wanted to write paper in which you could do research on ITunes. How do you feel about flamboyant fashion? Do you love Kanye West?

Well, if you go to University of Missouri, this could be your year. According to an article by Tyler Kingkade at the Huffington Post:

Some University of Missouri students will need to have a copy of the “Watch the Throne” album if they sign up for English 2169. That’s because the English class is primarily devoted to studying two of hip-hop’s biggest stars: Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Andrew Hoberek, who has a background in 20th century literature, first taught the course in fall 2013. The class filled up quickly, prompting him to make an early decision to offer the course again in fall 2014.

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Because it’s about Kanye doesn’t mean it’s entirely frivolous, however. Professors have long given essentially boring humanities and social science courses sexy pop culture titles to attract students to show up. And the course could actually be pretty work intensive.

MWF 11-11:50
This course looks at the career and work of Jay-Z and Kanye West from three perspectives: (1) Where do they fit within, and how do they change, the history of hip-hop music? (2) How is what they do similar to and different from what poets do?, and (3) How does their rise to both celebrity and corporate power alter what we understand as the American dream? In addition to listening to music and watching videos, we will also read Jay-Z’s Decoded; histories of and critical works on rap music by Jeff Chang, Adam Bradley, and others; and one or two good studies of how poetry works.

Well, it could be work intensive, anyway.

Incidentally, both the University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia offer courses in Lady Gaga. American University offers a course in Fifty Shades of Grey. The University of Rochester offers a course in Alien Sex. MIT offers a course in the mathematics of street-fighting.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer

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