Original Article retrieved from Cosmopolitan.
Fifty Shades of Grey: Coming to a College Campus Near You
Many English professors would give you a disapproving stare if you proposed doing a literary analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey for class—unless your professor is Stef Woods.
The adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., is teaching a class based on the trilogy this semester. And it’s popular, too: “Contemporary American Culture: The 50 Shades Trilogy” is completely full with 23 students—and Woods has a waiting list of students ready and willing to discuss the intricacies of the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele.
Is it a hands-on class about the sexual techniques described in the book? Not really.
Instead, Woods’ course will cover overall themes in the book, like sexuality and whether or not the relationship between Christian and Ana is healthy or abusive. Students will have plenty of assignments in the class, too: Woods said they’ll be reading a bunch of different texts—not just the Fifty Shades books—and they’ll have to write at least three term papers.