American U. to Offer 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Class

Course to examine "the interplay of sexuality, health, public relations and marketing."

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 5:13 PM EDT
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Some D.C. college students could soon find themselves blushing in the classroom.

In January, some students at American University will take a course centered around the “Fifty Shades” erotic book trilogy, which its known for its graphic adult content.

The trilogy, authored by E.L. James and best known for its first book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be the subject of a new AU course called “The Fifty Shades Trilogy.”

Unlike a literature class in which students would read and discuss things like characters and narrative, the course is listed as a Contemporary American Culture course. According to AU’s Website, “using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of sexuality, health, public relations and marketing.”

The website also describes the course as an examination of feminism, addiction, social media marketing, sexual expression, and violence.

The books became a sensation in 2012, perpetuated in many ways by talk on social media about its graphic erotic content. Talks have reportedly been underway to adapt the novels into a motion picture.

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