Belgium University Launches Course Inspired by Taylor Swift

A university is launching what is believed to be the first Taylor Swift-inspired literature course of its kind in Europe. The elective course at the University of Ghent in Belgium highlights the themes, styles and techniques of famous historical literary writers from the US pop superstar’s perspective, say reports.

The singer-songwriter’s songs are often inspired by English literature classics and include themes which also appear in Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland among others, according to academics. Taylor Swift inspires Belgium university course | World News | Sky News

For instance, Swift’s Love Story details a forbidden union between two young lovers, a latter-day Romeo and Juliet. The course will be taught by British professor Elly McCausland who will use Swift’s work as a springboard to explore literature over the centuries.

The course, due to start in the autumn, is called Literature (Taylor’s Version) and will be added to the master’s degree in language and literature. Ms McCausland told The Guardian: “What I want to do is show students that although these texts might seem inaccessible, they can be accessible if we look at them from a slightly different angle.

“So, Shakespeare, in some way, is actually addressing a lot of the same questions as Taylor Swift is today, which seems crazy. But he is.” “I want to show my students how much fun historical English literature can be,” she told Het Laaatste Nieuws.

She isn’t the first to bring Swift into the university classroom. New York University’s Clive Davis Insтιтute launched a Swift-inspired course last year.

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