Dylan's Autobiography of a Vocation: A Reading of the Lyrics 1965-1967

Dylan's Autobiography of a Vocation: A Reading of the Lyrics 1965-1967

by Louis A. Renza

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Overview

Many critics have interpreted Bob Dylan's lyrics, especially those composed during the middle to late 1960s, in the contexts of their relation to American folk, blues, and rock'n'roll precedents; their discographical details and concert performances; their social, political and cultural relevance; and/or their status for discussion as “poems.” Dylan's Autobiography of a Vocation instead focuses on how all of Dylan's 1965-1967 songs manifest traces of his ongoing, internal “autobiography” in which he continually declares and questions his relation to a self-determined existential summons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501352010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Louis A. Renza is an Emeritus Professor of English at Dartmouth College, USA. He has published critical works on various US writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway and Wallace Stevens. Starting in the 1970s and through 2010, he taught a Dartmouth course on Bob Dylan's lyrics. He also directed a 2006 conference at Dartmouth College on Dylan's works, and has published articles on them that include, respectively, critical discussions of such songs as “Went to See the Gypsy” and “Simple Twist of Fate.”

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Dylan 1965
Introduction
Chapter One: Returban to Me: Bringing It All Back Home
Chapter Two: Rebel Without a Cause II: Highway 61 Revisited
Chapter Three: Reflections on Self-Reflections: Blonde on Blonde
Chapter Four: Fire Down Below: The Basement Tapes
Chapter Five: Confessions of a Cowboy Angel: John Wesley Harding
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography
Permission Acknowledgments
Index

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