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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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Narrative in “Love and Theft,”Modern Times, and Tempest

Narrative in “Love and Theft,”Modern Times, and Tempest

(p.103) Chapter Seven Narrative in “Love and Theft,” Modern Times, and Tempest
Tearing the World Apart

Jonathan Hodgers

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter demonstrates how Bob Dylan has shown a fondness for narrative both in his songwriting and his public persona, as seen from his self-mythologizing days in Greenwich Village to his memoir, Chronicles. It focuses on how “Love and Theft,”Modern Times, and Tempest continue to reflect Dylan's playful and experimental approach to the organizational framework of narrative, which in its broadest sense refers to the representation of a series of events. The chapter shows Dylan divesting from his work the idea of an autonomous, self-sufficient text, and situating his work in a longitudinal spectrum of literary influences where narratives are suggested laterally throughout an album, as well as historically via the use of preexisting text.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, songwriting, public persona, Chronicles, Love and Theft, Modern Times, Tempest, narratives

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