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New Harris Styles course to be offered at Texas State University

Call it a “Sign of the Times” – a Harry Styles course is coming to Texas State University.

The class, first reported by KXAN in Austin, is titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture.”

Associate Professor of Digital History Louie Dean Valencia tweeted on the course on Saturday, gaining traction among the British musician’s followers.

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Valencia told KXAN that he himself has been a fan since Styles debuted in One Direction. And according to his biography on the Texas State University website, he’s also working on a book about styles, online fandoms and masculinity.

Styles has become a fashion icon in her own right. He is known for wearing sequined tops, jumpsuits and occasional dresses for magazines and performances. He is also a vocal ally of the LGBT community.

“As a historian, I want the class to really see how the world has changed over the last 12 years or so, but also how to put that into historical context, through the lens of Harry Styles, and how they can learn from him and his art, his activism and his philosophy, like any great artist,” Valencia said in an interview with the TV channel.

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The course will be offered at San Marcos School in Spring 2023. It will aim to help students “understand the cultural and political development of modern celebrity” as it relates to issues of gender and sexuality, race, class, nationalism and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture and consumerism, Valence said in a description of the class on Twitter.