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Five Brilliant Term-Paper Ideas for Lady Gaga College Classes

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This fall, a few lucky students at the University of Virginia began studying Lady Gaga. "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity" is letting the class explore "how identity is challenged by gender and sexuality and how Lady Gaga confronts this challenge," instructor Christa Romanosky told the college paper. Now the University of South Carolina has added a spring semester course called "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame," where professor Mathieu Deflem will attempt "to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga," he told the New York Times. Here are some suggestions for term papers guaranteed to earn a call from your parents asking why you're wasting their money on a class about a singer who refuses to wear pants:

• From Germanotta to Gaga: A Post-Structuralist Analysis of Identity and Imperialism

• Gaga and the Gaze: Smashing the Lens of Patriarchy in "Paparazzi"

• Bad Girls and Honey Bees: The Intersection of Dominance and Food in "Telephone"

• "Take a Ride on the Disco Stick": Phallic Symbolism in Post-Modern Culture

• Unlocking the Monster Within: Nazi Imagery and Deviance in "Alejandro"

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