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Joining universities such as Berkeley, The University of Washington is offering a class on Tupac for Autumn 2003.

"The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur"
Autumn 2003 CHID 496E, sln 2261, 2 cr, c/nc

This focus group will explore the literary influences present in the work of late poet and hip hop artist, Tupac Shakur. We will look at a variety of texts, including Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," Machiavelli's "The Prince," Frantz Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth" and various selections from the works of Shakespeare and the Bible. We will read these texts alongside Tupac's lyrics in an effort to better understand the "theory of being" proposed by his work.

The reading for this course will be intellectually challenging, and students will be required to read about 100 pages per week. Students should be somewhat familar with both the general history of hip hop and the biography of Tupac. (Recommended: "Yes, Yes, Ya'll: An Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade" by Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn and "Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur" by Michael Eric Dyson). We will construct reading assignments and outline requirements for final projects on the first day of class.

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