Is This Hits 96 Artist The Next Shakespeare? A College Professor Thinks So…
A new English course at the University of Texas at Austin will study the greats of Western literature: Shakespeare, Keats, Frost, and Swift. No, not Jonathan Swift … TAYLOR Swift!
The class is called “The Taylor Swift Songbook”, and professor Elizabeth Scala says students will study Taylor’s lyrics alongside the classics, and be asked to, quote, “analyze and contextualize common practices and problems across the centuries.”
She hopes to show the kids how Taylor, quote, “draws on richer literary traditions in her songwriting, both topically but also formally in terms of how she uses references, metaphors, and clever manipulations of words.”
Required materials for the class include Taylor’s last four albums.