Lana Del Rey course offered to NYU students

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No summertime sadness over here.

Lana Del Rey’s ingenious contribution to the pressing issues in the world through her melancholic music is finally set to be studied at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute next month.

The university is launching a course dedicated entirely to studying the iconic singer/songwriter’s connection to social justice movements including Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and Times Up, according to Variety.

Titled “Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey,” the two-credit course will run from Oct. 20 until Dec. 8, and will be taught by acclaimed journalist and author Kathy Iandoli.

The course will also explore the singer’s relationship to feminism as well as her musical influences, the outlet reports.

According to Variety, the course description 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.”

Lana Del Rey attends Variety's Hitmakers Brunch presented by Peacock | Girls5eva on Dec. 4, 2021 in Los Angeles
Lana Del Rey has changed baroque pop’s parameters, according to Kathy Iandoli.
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Iandoli told the outlet that the singer, who graduated from Fordham University in NYC, “is both a blueprint and a cautionary tale, a complicated pop star who resonates so much with her fans, not because of how she makes them feel about her, but rather how she makes them feel about themselves.”

“She has changed the parameters of baroque pop and now more specifically ‘sad girl pop’ through her music, by expanding the subject matter which at times is controversial and challenging. There are so many pieces in this mosaic that we have now come to know as Lana Del Rey, and this course examines every dimension of it,” she added.

Earlier this year, the university’s Clive Davis Institute introduced its first-ever course on Taylor Swift, which ran from Jan. 26 until March 9.

The course proved to be so popular that the University of Texas at Austin followed suit, and is now offering students a songwriting course focused on the 11-time Grammy Award winner’s approach to crafting lyrics.

Dubbed “Literary Contests and Contexts: The Taylor Swift Songbook,” English professor Dr. Elizabeth Scala will teach the course starting this fall.


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