This course will offer students an opportunity for intensive study of the songs of Bob Dylan as we investigate in detail Dylan’s lyrics and their musical setting and performance. Albums receiving particular attention will include The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, and “Love and Theft”. Our primary focus will be on the songs themselves-on how they were put together and on how we hear them-yet we will also consider the impact of social and artistic context on their creation. By studying these particular songs, we will develop and refine our abilities to read and hear all forms of words and music. In addition to training our analytic and interpretive skills on Dylan’s work, we will also briefly consider figures who influenced Dylan and artists he inspired. Resources: The assigned listening will be available on a course web site to be activated by IT. (The website has already been created.) CDs, video recordings, and books will be placed on reserve and these materials are already owned by Sawyer.
The Class: Format: wsp project
Requirements/Evaluation: Active participation in class discussions & a 12-pg paper. Students are also required to complete reading/listening assignments before each class meeting.
Extra Info: The course will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week
Prerequisites: none, although prior experience in literary and musical studies will enable students to engage more fully in the course's interpretive and analytical work
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to English and Music majors or to applicants with demonstrated successful experience in related courses.
Materials/Lab Fee: cost to student approximately $60 for books and photocopies.