Taylor Swift’s songwriting will be the subject of a new literature class at a University of Texas this fall.
Title The Taylor Swift songbookThe course will be offered at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA).
Preliminary texts for students include Swift’s albums Red (Taylor’s version), Lover, Folklore and Still.
UTA is following in the footsteps of New York University (NYU), which once offered a course on Swift as a music entrepreneur, and the various pop and country songwriters who helped shape her music and more.
Swift received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from NYU at a student commencement ceremony earlier this year.
According to its description on UTA’s website, the new course “uses pop music icon Taylor Swift’s songwriting to introduce literary critical reading and research methods – core skills for the job.” in English Literature and other disciplines of the humanities”.
“By focusing on Swift’s music and the cultural contexts in which she and her career are situated, we will examine frameworks for understanding her work, such as poetic form, style, and history among a variety of important theoretical issues and questions. for contextualization as we practice up-close and in-depth reading, evaluating secondary sources, and constructing strong arguments,” the description continues.
It comes after a separate university in Texas announced it would offer a course based on Harry Styles’ work from 2023.
The course, titled Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culturewill be offered at Texas State University Honors College beginning next spring.
It will focus on the pop star’s work, both in music and film, to “understand the cultural and political development of modern stardom.”
Source: Press Association
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