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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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A Sudden Blow: The Story of Violence in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times

A Sudden Blow: The Story of Violence in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times

(p.85) Chapter Six A Sudden Blow: The Story of Violence in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times
Tearing the World Apart

Nina Goss

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses violence as the topic of exploration of “Love and Theft” and Modern Times, since the destructive life of humankind has run through Bob Dylan's work and seems a good laboratory for tests of relevance and significance. Violence is a bountiful device for several aesthetic satisfactions: frisson from descriptions of violent acts; psychological tension in the dramatic promise of violent conflict or its avoidance; the relief of a climactic narrative resolution; and the intellectual triumph of explicating the thesis, antithesis, synthesis that will become tomorrow's authoritative version of today's violence. By updating traditional folk themes of crime, corruption, revenge, and impulse with contemporary facts of racist brutality and Cold War terror, Dylan's songs struck listeners as a populist cultural tradition in the service of contemporary events.

Keywords:   violence, Love and Theft, Modern Times, psychological tension, violent acts, crime, corruption, revenge, contemporary events

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