Beyoncé and Beyond
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This book identifies and examines three years of Beyoncé’s career as a pop mega star using critical race, feminist, and performance studies methodologies.
This 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 politically, 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Teaching Beyoncé
Chapter 2. Self-Titled, 2013
Chapter 3. Formation, 2016
Chapter 4. Lemonade, 2016
Chapter 5. Longevity
Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae is the Principal Investigator of the Black And Free research-creation project and an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. She has research, teaching, and artistic expertise in race, gender, and black expressive cultures, and has written and commentated on Beyoncé for media outlets including Noisey, CBC and BBC.