Taylor Swift Takes Over Academia, Harvard And University of Florida Dedicated Courses To Her For 2024

BY JO Mensah November 30, 2023 11:56 AM EDT
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Taylor Swift’s rise as a music artiste has been phenomenal and even the people in academia are impressed.

For this, more college courses focused on the iconic pop star Taylor Swift have been introduced into the academic syllabus for 2024.

Notably, Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions, and the University of Florida will kick off the spring semester with classes delving into the world of the 33-year-old singer, Billboard reported.

Harvard’s course on Taylor Swift

Harvard’s offering, titled “Taylor Swift and Her World,” will be helmed by Stephanie Burt from the English department.

The course promises a comprehensive exploration of various themes, including fan culture, celebrity dynamics, the journey from adolescence to adulthood, and the intricacies of appropriation.

Furthermore, students will engage with diverse literary perspectives, encompassing white texts, Southern texts, transatlantic texts, and queer subtexts.

The Harvard course description, available online, provides a glimpse into the academic journey awaiting students.

Participants will be guided through contemplations on topics ranging from illicit affairs and hoaxes to the complexities of “champagne problems” and the art of incomplete closure.

The University of Florida offer

Simultaneously, the University of Florida will present “Musical Storytelling With Taylor Swift and other Iconic Female Artists.”

This course is designed to explore the broader landscape of musical storytelling, featuring the now billionaire Taylor Swift alongside other noteworthy female artists.

The University of Florida’s commitment to diversifying the narrative within the music industry aligns with the broader cultural shift towards inclusivity.

Taylor Swift and Drake make Billboard Chart history

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Drake are now tied for the most Billboard Music Awards wins in the history of the show.

The two music stars have each won 39 awards, making them the most awarded recipients in Billboard Music Awards history, a significant achievement for both artistes.

Swift was already the top female winner of all time with 29 wins heading into the 2023 ceremony. Her current tally of 39 includes this year’s wins for top female artiste, top artiste, and top Billboard global artiste.