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Tearing the World ApartBob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century$
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Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.001.0001

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You Can’t Repeat the Past? Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and the Events of 9/11

You Can’t Repeat the Past? Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and the Events of 9/11

(p.73) Chapter Five You Can’t Repeat the Past? Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and the Events of 9/11
Tearing the World Apart

Jesper Doolaard

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how the release of “Love and Theft” coincided with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and how it strongly affected the album's immediate reception. This association was particularly strong due to the lyrical and thematic content of the album, which somehow seemed to “fit” the events of 9/11—fit them so well, in fact, that it led some reviewers to ascribe Bob Dylan with a prophetic quality. The connection between art and 9/11 has been a subject of lively debate ever since the terrorist attacks. Much of this debate has centered around the question of how “post-9/11 art” can help reflect on, or help deal with, the trauma of the 9/11 events.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, Love and Theft, 9/11 attack, prophetic quality, post-9/11 art, trauma

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