Our traditional disciplinary boundaries lend themselves to curricular divisions that separate the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Even in interdisciplinary formations, such as Ethnic Studies or American Studies, it is common to have some courses focus on social problems and histories of oppression, while others explore the literature, music, and art of marginalized communities. Although scholars have long recognized what George Lipsitz describes as culture’s ability to allow people to “rehearse identities, stances, and social relations not yet permissible in politics,” it can be challenging to teach about the material dimensions of politics, inequality, and social hierarchy and at the same time incorporate discussions of artistic...

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