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Taylor Swift inspires uni course on Literature

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The University of Ghent in Belgium is set to introduce an innovative literature course that draws inspiration from the works of pop superstar Taylor Swift.

The elective course, titled “Literature (Taylor’s Version),” will delve into the themes, styles, and techniques of renowned historical literary writers through Swift’s perspective.

Taylor Swift, known for her chart-topping songs and clever lyrics, often draws inspiration from classic English literature in her work. The course aims to analyze and interpret Swift’s songs in the context of established literary classics. According to academic reports, her compositions resonate with themes found in iconic literary pieces like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

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For instance, Swift’s song “Love Story” intricately weaves a narrative similar to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” depicting a forbidden love between young protagonists. Similarly, the track “Wonderland” draws parallels between a romantic relationship and the twists and turns of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

The course will be taught by British professor Elly McCausland, who will utilize Swift’s work as a catalyst to explore literature across different centuries. McCausland aims to demonstrate to students that seemingly complex texts can become more accessible when viewed from diverse perspectives.

She highlights surprising similarities between Swift’s contemporary concerns and the timeless questions posed by literary giants such as Shakespeare.

McCausland emphasizes that the course, set to commence in the upcoming autumn semester, will be academically grounded. It won’t solely focus on fan engagement but rather encourage critical thinking about Swift’s contribution to literature.

The course will be integrated into the university’s master’s degree in language and literature.

The initiative is not the first of its kind, as New York University’s Clive Davis Institute introduced a Swift-inspired course last year.

That program delved into Swift’s transformation as a music entrepreneur, exploring pop and country songwriters’ legacies, youth culture, and contemporary music’s sociopolitical dimensions.

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation

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Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package

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Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release

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Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

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