Refractions of Bob Dylan

Cultural appropriations of an American icon

Edited by Eugen Banauch

Refractions of Bob Dylan


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9716-4
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: Musicians, singers, bands & groups, Music, Composers & songwriters, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock, MUSIC / General, Rock & Pop Music, The arts / Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups


Bob Dylan's cultural production in the second half of the twentieth century, his songs, but also his changing images and self-fashionings have informed and productively re/shaped certain images of America from outside and within. Refractions of Bob Dylan collects scholarly essays which thoroughly investigate the routes of Bob Dylan's cultural appropriations. The collection looks at how Dylan has been used and interpreted by others, and how his work has been reworked into cultural expressions in culturally and regionally divergent spaces. Additionally, a number of essays look at what Dylan has appropriated and incorporated in his own work, focusing on questions of plagiarism, tribute, allusion, love and theft. Some of the essays originate from the Refractions of Bob Dylan conference in Vienna ( which took place around the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan, and included Dylan experts such as Clinton Heylin, Stephen Scobie and Michael Gray.


Part I: Intro
1. Refractions of Bob Dylan: an introduction - Eugen Banauch
2. Dylan's Americanness in 1960s Britain - Michael Gray
Part II: Dylan abroad
3. Bob Dylan in Switzerland: a classic case of 'love and theft' - Martin Schäfer
4. Localising Dylan: political and musical narratives in Italy - Andrea Cossu
5. Not there: the poetics of absence in portrayals of Bob Dylan by Wolf Biermann and Ilse Aichinger - John Heath
Part III: Who is not there
6. Bob Dylan's protean style - Ben Giamo
7. 'I don't believe you ... you're a liar': the fabulatory function of Bob Dylan - Rob Coley
8. The ghost of Bob Dylan: spectrality and performance in I'm Not There - Susanne Hamscha
9. Mr Pound, Mr Eliot, and Mr Dylan: USA and Europe, modernity and modernism - Leighton Grist
Part IV: Dylan critics
10. Time out of mind: Bob Dylan and Paul Nelson transformed - John Frederick Bell
11. Greil Marcus and Bob Dylan: the writer and his singer - Jean-Martin Büttner
Part V: Dylan appropriated
12. Tell-tale signs: self-deception in Dylan - Paul Fagan and Mark Shanahan
13. 'Yes, it's a very funny song.': spoken intros and the seriousness of Bob Dylan's Halloween show - Paul Keckeis
14. Surplus and demand or too much to ask: (in)appropriating Dylan - Robert McColl
15. Plagiarism, Bob, Jean-Luc, and me - Stephen Scobie
Part VI: Outro
16. The evolution of fan culture and the impact of technology on the Never Ending Tour - Clinton Heylin and Michelle Engert


Eugen Banauch is a literary and cultural studies scholar currently living and working in Vienna, Austria

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