The University of North Carolina and Ohio State University will offer the classes this fall.
This upcoming fall, students at two colleges will delve deeper into Rapsody‘s latest album. This week, professors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Ohio State University announced their plans to explore themes of the EVE album.
Tyler Bunzey, a doctoral student at UNC’s English department, broke the news on Facebook. “Black Womanist Criticism and Rapsody’s EVE” will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
“We will be examining the album track by track with readings and media to accompany each record,” Bunzey said. “If you know some UNC undergrads who would like to take an ENGL course that will cover womanist philosophy, hip-hop history, and popular culture, please share! I’ll share the syllabus when I solidify our weekly readings.”
Rapdsody shared the announcement on Instagram. “One of the highest honors is to create art for the culture and have it taught in our educational institutions!”
Simone Drake of Ohio State University is also teaching a course involving the album. Drake is the school’s Associate Professor of African American and African Studies. The course, “Toni Morrison’s Houses of Women and Rapsody’s EVE,” will juxtapose the award-winning author’s work along with Rapsody’s.
Drake describes both women’s work as “physical spaces in which Black women disrupt, interrupt, and erupt into societies who conceive of Black women in ways that are both limited and limiting.”
Rapsody’s EVE is currently available on digital streaming platforms.