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Dylan i 60-talet. Tematiken i Bob Dylans sångtexter och dikter 1961-67.

Jacobsson, Mats LU (2004)
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Boken belyser, genom tematiska studier av centrala Dylantexter från de händelserika åren 1961-67, Bob Dylans konstnärskap och utveckling från politisk intresserad protestsångare till mera svårtillgänglig, modernistiskt influerad sångpoet. Avhandlingen inleds med en exposé över det amerikanska 60-talet och folkmusikens framväxt. Bokens andra och tredje kapitel behandlar främst samhällskritiska sånger från Dylans andra och tredje album. Han beskriver vid denna tid gärna det amerikanska samhället som en symbolisk fader redo att, i skepnad av en korrumperad domare eller en skrupelfri vapentillverkare, straffa sina söner. I kapitel 4 kommenteras en del av de dikter Dylan skrev 1963 och som signalerar... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

Boken belyser, genom tematiska studier av centrala Dylantexter från de händelserika åren 1961-67, Bob Dylans konstnärskap och utveckling från politisk intresserad protestsångare till mera svårtillgänglig, modernistiskt influerad sångpoet. Avhandlingen inleds med en exposé över det amerikanska 60-talet och folkmusikens framväxt. Bokens andra och tredje kapitel behandlar främst samhällskritiska sånger från Dylans andra och tredje album. Han beskriver vid denna tid gärna det amerikanska samhället som en symbolisk fader redo att, i skepnad av en korrumperad domare eller en skrupelfri vapentillverkare, straffa sina söner. I kapitel 4 kommenteras en del av de dikter Dylan skrev 1963 och som signalerar en frigörelse från den poetiska och musikaliska läromästaren Woody Guthrie. Bokens tre följande kapitel diskuterar tre av de författarroller Dylan går in i vid 60-talets mitt: profeten, satirikern och ikonoklasten. Vid denna tid bryter Dylan med den motkultur inom vilken han varit verksam sedan han kom till New York 1961. Begränsningen av medborgarnas inre frihet blir nu huvudmålet för hans satir. Avhandlingens sista kapitel behandlar albumet John Wesley Harding från 1967. I texterna på albumet problematiserar Dylan sin egen dubbla kulturella bakgrund - det judiska och det kristet-amerikanska. I sin person och karriär speglar Bob Dylan det händelserika 60-talet. Hos honom finns engagemanget, förändringen och auktoritetsupproret, men också osäkerheten inför den utveckling mot ökat samhällsvåld han åsåg i slutet av decenniet. På John Wesley Harding tar han, dogmatismens och ofrihetens svurne fiende, definitivt steget ner från barrikaderna. (Less)
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Bob Dylan (b. 1941) became known as an enfant terrible and a regenerator of rock lyrics already in the tumultuous 60´s. His constantly shifting roles as musician and songwriter, combined with his notable reserve, have led to the growth of a plethora of myths surrounding his person and work. His lyrics, accompanied by an increasingly original rock backing, based on folk music and rhythm & blues, built his reputation not only as a song writer and stage artist, but more importantly as a poet of a whole new breed. It is the lyrics and poems by Dylan, the rock poet, from the years 1961-67 that is the topic of this thesis. The emphasis lies on Dylan´s rapid development from celebrated protest singer and rock idol, to less accesible modernist... (More)
Bob Dylan (b. 1941) became known as an enfant terrible and a regenerator of rock lyrics already in the tumultuous 60´s. His constantly shifting roles as musician and songwriter, combined with his notable reserve, have led to the growth of a plethora of myths surrounding his person and work. His lyrics, accompanied by an increasingly original rock backing, based on folk music and rhythm & blues, built his reputation not only as a song writer and stage artist, but more importantly as a poet of a whole new breed. It is the lyrics and poems by Dylan, the rock poet, from the years 1961-67 that is the topic of this thesis. The emphasis lies on Dylan´s rapid development from celebrated protest singer and rock idol, to less accesible modernist song writer and poet during a few years in the mid 60´s. This thesis is structured chronologically and thematically in eight chapters that aim to elucidate significant thematic complexes in his songs and poems. An introductory exposé places Dylan´s early career in a socio cultural context. Chapter 2 sums up Dylan´s first years in New York and defines his relation to his role-model Woody Guthrie. Chapter 3 examines Dylan´s representation of American society as a symbolic father. As the influence from Guthrie on Dylan´s song writing diminishes, new and more literary advanced influences from the Beat Poets, such as Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, becomes discernible. These are explored in chapter 4. In the following three chapters, three artistic identities are projected - "The Prophet", "The Satirist" and "The Iconoclast" - that convey different dimensions of Dylan´s poetic strategy. The concluding chapter examines the album John Wesley Harding from 1967 and the transformation of Dylan´s song writing that it signifies. The album may be regarded as a comment to the increasing social unrest evident in America during the years 1966-68. The regeneration of Dylan´s writing here is fuelled by an attempt at assimilating the past and coming to terms with his own double cultural background - the Jewish and the Christian American. (Less)
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  • Fil dr Carlsson, Ulf, Växjö universitet
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litteraturteori, Allmän och jämförande litteratur, literary theory, literature criticism, The 60´s, song lyrics, contexts and interpretation, thematics, Guthrie tradition, society as father, generation conflict, The Beat Poets, Black Humor, litteraturkritik, New Left, Musicology, General and comparative literature, Musikvetenskap
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344 pages
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Ellerströms förlag
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Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5, Lund
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2004-10-23 10:15
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91-7247-100-X
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Swedish
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yes
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  school       = {Lund University},
  title        = {Dylan i 60-talet. Tematiken i Bob Dylans sångtexter och dikter 1961-67.},
  year         = {2004},
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