The Taylor Swift course at UT Austin dives deep into the artist’s songbook

Fans who know Taylor Swift’s talents all too well will soon be able to put their in-depth knowledge of the pop star to the test. This fall, the University of Texas at Austin will begin offering a new course on the work and impact of the best-selling singer-songwriter, the only woman to win the Grammy Award for album three times. the year.

The new course titled “Literary Contest and Contexts—The Taylor Swift Songbook” will be taught by English teacher Elizabeth Scala to freshmen in the Honors Liberal Arts program, as first reported by Megan Menchaca of the Austin American Statesman.

The course would provide students with an “introduction to literary studies and research methods that use Taylor Swift’s songwriting as the basis for teaching a wide range of skills,” according to a May 25 Facebook post from the English Department of the UT. “Let’s turn this Easter egg hunt and detailed reading for academic purposes!” the department description has been added.


Scala, whose daughter introduced her to Swift after the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” last November, told the Statesman that she made Swift the focus of the class because she was “an intelligent and talented composer”. “Her writing skills are what made me focus on her,” Scala explained. “For me, it’s all about form (not just or even primarily content). We’ll be studying Swift’s songs as poems and literary structures.”

As news of the course spread online, fans were quick to react. “Time to sign up,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “Okay I’m transferring,” tweeted another.

The Swifties aren’t the only ones getting to study their favorite pop star this year. Last month, a Texas State University professor announced he would be teaching the world’s first class on Harry Styles in the spring of 2023. The class, titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and Pop Culture European, “will wonder how students” can learn from him and his art, his activism and his philosophy, like any great artist,” said Louie Dean Valencia, associate professor of digital history at Texas State . Her course will also focus on Styles’ impact on fashion, fan culture, internet culture, and consumerism.



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