Over the years, we have seen that various pop culture topics have been transformed into actual college or even school courses. Gone are the days when only topics and people from bygone eras are given importance in college courses, and for some years now, trending topics have also made its way into the classrooms.
From celebrities to memes, from movies and book franchises to more, if it has had a significant cultural impact, chances are that either it has already become a course in some university or is on the way to becoming one.
Now, apparently, an American university is soon going to be teaching a course on Taylor Swift and almost treating her songs and lyrics as proper literature.
A Taylor Swift Course
The University of Texas at Austin is soon going to be teaching a course called the “Literary Contests and Contexts — The Taylor Swift Songbook,” and will be taught by English professor Elizabeth Scala.
The course starts in August itself and will be for first-year undergraduates in the liberal arts honors program. As per a UT Department of English Facebook post, the course will be “an introduction to literary studies and research methods that uses the songwriting of Taylor Swift as the basis for teaching a wide range of skills.”
Speaking to the American-Statesman, Scala said that it was her daughter who introduced Taylor Swift in her life and she is of the opinion that “Swift is an intelligent and talented songwriter, and her writing skills are what made me focus on her.”
She further added that “For me, it’s all about form (not just or even primarily about content). We will study Swift’s songs as poems and literary structures.”
This is not the first time that an American university has started a Taylor Swift course. In February this year, news came out that New York University’s Clive Davis Institute was conducting a course on Taylor Swift from January 26th to March 9th, 2022.
The court was taught by Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos and took a look at Swift’s career and how she evolved over the years as a musician, and songwriter and the impact she had in various areas.
The description of the course read “This course proposes to deconstruct both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse as it relates to her own growth as an artist and a celebrity.
Through readings, lectures and more, the class delves into analyses of the culture and politics of teen girlhood in pop music, fandom, media studies, whiteness and power as it relates to her image and the images of those who have both preceded and succeeded her. We’ll also consider topics like copyright and ownership, American nationalism and the ongoing impact of social media on the pop music industry.”
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