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New York University’s Clive Davis Institute has a new course on Lana Del Rey

21 September 2022, 13:17 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

New York University's Clive Davis Institute, which introduced a Taylor Swift course earlier this year, has launched another new course starting this autumn about Lana Del Rey.

Lana Del Rey is the latest artist to have a course about her at NYU's Clive Davis Institute, following a Taylor Swift course that ran from January until March, and will be taught by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli.

Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey, according to Variety, will see students explore Del Rey's pop stardom status and her contributions, her involvement with social justice movements and feminism, as well as her music influences and other artists she has influenced. The course will run from 20 October until 8 December.

Iandoli said of Del Rey and the course, "In so many ways, I feel like Lana Del Rey 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."

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