Rel 96 (AAS 96, WGSS 96) New Black Godz in Pop-Culture (4)

"You in the presence of a King, scratch that you in the presence of a God," says rapper Jay Z in the song "Crown." From Illuminati based conspiracy theories of black expressive culture to the rhetorical use of "devils" "monsters" and "demons" that proliferate in American discourse surrounding marginal identities, this course takes a cue from hip hop's rhetorical signifying on god to examine the relationship between contemporary cultural production, identity formation (race, religion, gender, sexuality, class), privilege/marginality, and the "operational acts of identification" used in processes of legibility and illegibility - who sees who, who gets to be seen, and what does such seeing require? 

Instructor: 
Monica Miller
Availability: 
Current
Fall
2015
CRN: 
43 799
43 800
43 925