1st Edition

Beyoncé and Beyond 2013–2016

By Naila Keleta-Mae Copyright 2023

    This book examines three years of Beyoncé’s career as a pop mega star using critical race, feminist and performance studies methodologies.

    The book explores how the careful choreography of Beyoncé’s image, voice and public persona, coupled with her intelligent use of audio and visual mediums, makes her one of the most influential entertainers of the 21st century. Keleta-Mae proposes that 2013 to 2016 was a pivotal period in Beyoncé’s career and looks at three artistic projects that she created during that time: her self-titled debut visual album Beyoncé, her video and live performance of "Formation," and her second visual album Lemonade. By examining the progression of Beyoncé’s career during this period, and the impact it had culturally and socially, the author demonstrates how Beyoncé brought 21st century feminism into the mainstream through layered explorations of female blackness.

    Ideal for scholars and students of performance in the social and political spheres, and of course fans of Beyoncé herself, this book examines the mega superstar’s transition into a creator of art that engages with Black culture and Black life with increased thoughtfulness.

    Chapter 1. Teaching Beyoncé

    Chapter 2. Self-Titled, 2013

    Chapter 3. Formation, 2016

    Chapter 4. Lemonade, 2016

    Chapter 5. Longevity



    Naila Keleta-Mae is Principal Investigator of the Black and Free research-creation project, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Race, Gender and Performance and an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. She has research, teaching and artistic expertise in race, gender and Black expressive culture, and has written and commentated on Beyoncé for media outlets including Noisey, CBC and the BBC.