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A University In Texas Will Offer A Course On Taylor Swift Songwriting

By Chinelo Eze
24 August 2022   |   9:24 am
Popular American songstress Taylor Swift will have her songwriting added to a new literature course at a Texas university. The Taylor Swift Songbook will fill the void left by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other authors and artists that students will hopefully become familiar with by the end of their studies. The course titled - The Taylor…

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Popular American songstress Taylor Swift will have her songwriting added to a new literature course at a Texas university.

The Taylor Swift Songbook will fill the void left by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other authors and artists that students will hopefully become familiar with by the end of their studies.

The course titled – The Taylor Swift Songbook – will take the vacant position, filling in the line-up at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) from this autumn.

According to a course description on the UTA website, the course will employ “the songwriting of pop music icon Taylor Swift to introduce literary critical reading and research methods-basic abilities for study in English literature and other humanities disciplines.”

According to a course description on the UTA website, the course will teach literary critical reading and research methods-basic skills for study in English literature and other humanities fields” using Taylor Swift’s singing as its main source of inspiration.

It wrote, “Focusing on Swift’s music and the cultural contexts in which it and her career are situated, we’ll consider frameworks for understanding her work, such as poetic form, style, and history among various matters and theoretical issues important to contextualisation as we practice close and in-depth reading, evaluating secondary sources, and building strong arguments.”

Preliminary texts include the albums Red (Swift’s Version), Lover, Folklore, and Evermore for those who feel ready for it.

UTA continues the legacy of New York University (NYU), which helped fans realise their greatest fantasies in the past by providing a course on Swift as a music entrepreneur and the different pop and country songwriters who influenced her work.