Yes Harry Styles fans, the headlines are true: a Harry Styles-themed college course is set to be offered by Texas State University next spring.
Associate professor of digital history Louie Dean Valencia announced the course, titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture,” on Twitter Saturday. According to Valencia’s announcement, the class will focus on Styles and popular European culture to “understand the cultural and political development of the modern celebrity as related to questions of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture and consumerism.”
The coursework will count towards studies in European or world history, international studies, pop culture, diversity, and women’s and gender studies. Speaking more on the course with KXAN, Valencia detailed his intentions for the course: “As a historian, I want the class to get to really see how the world has changed in the last 12 years or so, but also how to put that into historical context, through the lens of Harry Styles, and how they can learn from him and his art, activism and philosophy, like any great artist.”
On TikTok, the professor further explained that the class will be taught from an objective standpoint and will not dive into Styles’ personal life. “[The class] is not about anything that is not publicly made about him. Really, the idea of the class is that we’re going to learn about the things he puts out there, and through that lens, learn about his music, his artistry and also hopefully a little bit about ourselves.”
@burntcitrus Me talking about my upcoming course on #harrystyles for @TXST University! #hslot #harrystyles #loveontour2022 ♬ original sound - Louie Dean Valencia
Additionally, the course will analyze works from Murakami, Bethan Roberts, Susan Sontag, Charles Bukowski, Rumi, Alain de Botton, Richard Brautigan, and more. Styles fans at Texas State University can register for the course when it opens up this fall.
See Louie Dean Valencia's announcement of the class below.
It's official, official. I'm teaching the world's first ever university course on the work of #HarryStyles is happening Spring 2023 at @TXST University (see description).— Louie Dean Valencia (@BurntCitrus) July 16, 2022
This is what tenure looks like. Let's gooooo! 😊 pic.twitter.com/1z3vMZoxRV
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