Do you know Taylor Swift’s songwriting all too well? Now you can put your knowledge to the test, as a Texas university is offering a new literature course called “Literary Contests and Contexts: The Taylor Swift Songbook.”
The University of Texas at Austin is offering a course for first-year undergraduates in the liberal arts honors program that revolves around Swift’s approach to writing lyrics. English professor Dr. Elizabeth Scala will explore the 11-time Grammy Award winner’s songwriting techniques. In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Scala said that her daughter introduced her to Swift’s music back in November, following the release of Red (Taylor’s Version).
“Swift is an intelligent and talented songwriter, and her writing skills are what made me focus on her,” Scala explains. “For me, it’s all about form (not just or even primarily about content). We will study Swift’s songs as poems and literary structures.”
Students will get to study Swift’s lyrics alongside traditional Western literature from writers like John Keats, William Shakespeare and Robert Frost. Scala will help students delve into Swift’s hit albums — including Red (Taylor’s Version), Lover, Folklore and Evermore — through a literary lens.
According to the university’s website, the course will “address topics such as gender, authenticity and the authorship of a writer’s texts, as well as the ways in which readers and fans impact how artists and writers work and produce.”
So, Taylor Swift fans, if you want your wildest dreams to come true, you might just have to head to Texas.