Lady Gaga fans in the US now have an opportunity to take a university course on the performance artist as part of their degree.
Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame is being offered by the University of South Carolina to ‘unravel some of the sociological relevant dimensions’ of her fame. Professor Mathieu Deflem, who says the full-time course is the only one of its kind across the Atlantic, wants his students to understand what being famous means in modern-day culture. More: Lady Gaga serenades newlyweds with surprise singalong Chatting to the New York Times, the 48-year-old explained that he became interested in the Poker Face singer – real name Stefani Germanotta – when he saw her on Jay Leno’s late-night talk show in 2009. ‘If you really don’t like her, you probably shouldn’t take the course. But you don’t have to be an expert,’ he remarked.
MORE: Five more bizarre university degrees ‘We’re going to look at Lady Gaga as a social event. Other people say that Gaga’s the new Madonna. I see it more like there’s people who have this very individual thing. ‘Frank Zappa had it. Prince had it. Miles Davis had it. Jimi Hendrix had it. And Lady Gaga has it.’ The professor, who confesses to having seen Gaga live in concert nearly 30 times, has met the star on five occasions and also runs his own fan site. On the subject of whether the lady herself might pop into the class, he said: ‘I will get the word out to her that I’m doing the course. ‘But it might be logistically too difficult for her to come.
Author: METRO REPORTER