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Tangled up in the Bible: Bob Dylan and Scripture / Edition 1

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Overview

Bob Dylan has had a profound influence on the shape of modern pop music (folk, rock, blues) and as a modern literary figure. He has also attracted enormous attention from both professional and amateur "interpreters".

In this book Gilmour offers a thorough study of Dylan's reading of scriptures. He explores the ways in which Dylan transforms biblical images and concepts when he incorporates them into his literary world; it is an attempt to listen to the echoes of scripture in his published works. Gilmour closely reads Dylan's poems and songs and provides commentaries on several themes found in Dylan's work: the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus; apocalypse, justice and judgement; oppressive religion and religious irony. Through these readings, Gilmour calls attention to the various ways Dylan uses scripture both in an explicit and an implicit manner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826416025
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Gilmour is Associate Professor of New Testament at Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Bob Dylan and the Bible: Introductory Matters 1
Ch. 2 Is Bob Dylan Also among the Prophets? 27
Ch. 3 We Heard the Sermon on the Mount 57
Ch. 4 World Gone Wrong: Bob Dylan's Apocalyptic Vision 71
Ch. 5 A Prophet Like Moses: Redemption in "Love and Theft" 91
Ch. 6 Some Conclusions: Last Thoughts on Bob Dylan's Use of Scripture 101
Appendix 105
Bibliography 143
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