After this year, we’re all majoring in Taylor Swift

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Taylor Swift went out in New York City on a Saturday night in early November. Within hours, fans began dissecting every pixel of the paparazzi photos:

the presence of longtime squad members Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid; Swift's Stella McCartney bag and thigh-high boots; 

and the appearance of Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Travis Kelce, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, who Swift's boyfriend.

Approximately 800 miles away, at Indiana University, another group of people studied every aspect of Taylor Swift — but in the context of "the politics of longing," "the deconstruction of time and memory,

 and "the grand unified theory of female pain.""And so, my overall argument for today is that Taylor Swift's work is a source of escapism and comfort within the precarity of late-stage capitalism,"

 Amelia Morris, a communications lecturer at the University of Exeter in England, explained. "And this thesis can be condensed into two points."

The small auditorium was packed with students armed with notebooks and warm cups of coffee, as well as a desire to better understand our time's most pervasive yet mysterious being.

"Number one," Morris went on to say: "I argue that nostalgic girlhood is the anchor of Taylor Swift's work, and a template for fans to explore their own experiences of gender and sexuality …"

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