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Why I teach a course connecting Taylor Swift's songs to the works of Shakespeare, Hitchcock and Plath

By Elizabeth Scala, Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts
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Unusual Courses is an occasional series from The Conversation U.S. highlighting unconventional approaches to teaching.

Title of course:

“The Taylor Swift Songbook”

What prompted the idea for the course?

This class is part of a group of introductory English offerings that focus on basic methods of literary analysis and research. It fulfills different requirements for potential English majors and the general student population, so I am always looking for news ways to engage them.

For a few years, I taught it as a Harry Potter course.…The Conversation

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