Sound Sexuality and the Sacred

REL-C 300

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J. Kameron Carter
Course Description

Looking at black popular culture, we consider what sound and sexuality have to do with “the sacred.” Put differently, this course engages black popular culture around three general ideas: sound (both in music and language), sexuality (as the site where race and gender are lived), and finally, the ecstasy of the holy and the unholy. This engagement will involve us “hearing” the sound and sexuality of the sacred. We will ground our reflections where sound and sexuality meet in the music of Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Prince, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae, and others, as well as in novels, poetry, films, memoirs, and works of scholarship that embody, live, and bring the sacred into black popular culture.