While students at Texas State University get to study Harry Styles, students at New York University (NYU) will be able to study Lana Del Rey in a new course that’s launching next month.
Taught by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, the new course is titled "Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey" and set to run from October 20 to December 8 at the Clive Davis Institute. This course follows the Taylor Swift course the university offered earlier this year.
A course description for the Lana Del Rey class (via Variety) reads: “Over the course of eight critically-acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy nominated artist has introduced a sad core, melancholic, and baroque version of dream pop that in turn helped shift and reinvent the sound (and mood) of mainstream music beyond the 2010s. Through her arresting visuals and her thematic attention to mental health and tales of toxic, damaged love, Del Rey provided a new platform for artists of all genders to create ‘anti-pop’ works of substance that could live in a mainstream once categorized as bubblegum.”
Chaired by veteran music writer and musician Jason King, the Davis Institute has included classes taught by Questlove, “Dilla Time” author Dan Charnas, Q-Tip, legendary producer-engineer Bob Power, Jack Antonoff, and many others.
Of the Del Rey course, King said, “When we offer artist-themed courses at the Clive Davis Institute, we are always asking: how does this artist’s work help students think through larger and complex cultural, social or political issues or movements? Lana Del Rey refracts so many changes in contemporary culture, especially as the role of contemporary women in pop music keeps shifting. Studying Lana Del Rey means thinking more critically the growing popularity of so-called anti-pop. It means finding ways to consider the increased interest in mental health and issues of psychological damage, and to evaluate changes in they 21st way we think about identity, especially in terms of race, gender, nation and class. Lana is especially relevant, and controversial, when it comes to changing ideas about intersectional feminism over the past decade."
In other Lana Del Rey news, the singer's follow-up to last year’s Blue Banisters is reportedly “coming soon.” Most recently, she contributed "Watercolor Eyes" to the Euphoria soundtrack earlier this year.
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Article Image: Lana Del Rey at the 2021 Variety Hitmakers Brunch. (Jean_Nelson via DepositPhotos.)