Following Taylor Swift’s lead, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute has introduced a course on Lana Del Rey, which will begin in the fall semester of 2022.
Taught by author and journalist Kathy Iandoli, the two-credit course, “Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey,” runs October 20 through December 21 and explores Del Rey’s “contributions to 21st-century pop stardom.” century, her relationship with feminism, her musical influences,” as well as her connection to social movements including Black Lives Matter, Me Too and Times Up, and the artists she influenced.
“Across eight critically acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy-nominated artist introduced a sad, melancholy, and baroque version of dream pop that in turn helped change and reinvent the sound (and the vibe) mainstream music beyond the 2010s,” reads the course description. “Through its striking visuals and thematic focus on mental health and toxic and damaged love stories, Del Rey has provided a new platform for artists of all genres to create ‘anti-pop’ groundwork that could live on in a mainstream once categorized as chewing gum.
Lana Del Rey’s course follows the Clive Davis Institute’s recent Taylor Swift-focused course, which launched earlier in 2022 and examined the singer-songwriter’s journey to country and pop stardom and as a entrepreneur, and how young people and girls are exploited in music. industry and the media.
In May 2022, Swift also delivered the NYU Class of 2022 commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
Del Rey recently released their eighth album, blue rampsin 2021, which followed Chemtrails on the Country Clubalso released earlier that year.